Thursday, June 12, 2008

Walkability laid out on map of city

Walkability is a measure of how pedestrian-friendly your neighborhood is when you need to get things done. Do you need a car to pick up groceries, dry cleaning, prescription at the drugstore and then meetup with friends at the corner coffeehouse to go to a movie? Or can you just walk around your neighborhood and accomplish the same feats? I can. Can you?

The map here comes from the Seattle P-I story Site ranks walkability of Seattle neighborhoods by Jennifer Langston. The data comes from the wonky Front Seat software company that developed the Walkscore site where you can type in your address and check out to see how green you are.

Using Google's mappings, Front Seat overlays several factors to spit out its' Walkscore calculations but does not factor in such things as "hills, blocks' length, crime rates, public transportation, water bodies or freeways blocking the way," according to Langston's article.

"This really is a measure of the potential to live a less car-dependent lifestyle," [Mike Mathieu, founder of Front Seat] said. "It's not meant to reflect whether there are flowers blooming where you're walking. It's more the things that make up everyday life -- are they close enough to you?"

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