Walkable is the new Awesome.

May 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm 2 comments

The website WalkScore.com lets you type in an address and get a score (from 0 to 100) for how “walkable” that address is. Some characteristics of a walkable neighborhood are availability of parks and public spaces, proximity of schools and coffee shops, and pedestrian-oriented planning. It’s not a perfect science, but it can definitely be a helpful layman’s tool. Something like Walk Score can also be helpful for checking if words like “walkability,” “new urbanism,” and “density-driven” are merely being used as buzz words in a new development’s PR campaign.

Even if walking isn’t your preferred mode of transportation, you should still be able to appreciate the value its availability adds to a neighborhood. Just ask David Sucher (author of City Comforts) or Michael E. Arth (the New Urban Cowboy).

May 4’s daily design idea is take advantage of the walkability in your neighborhood. The more people promote walking, the more opportunities will be provided for it in the future.

(By the way, my Walk Score is 98. What’s yours?)

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