Wednesday, August 15, 2007

My Walk Score is Better Than Your Walk Score

McBrooklyn just discovered this nifty little site called Walk Score, which helps homebuyers and real estate agents find houses and apartments in "walkable" neighborhoods.

You type in an address and Walk Score shows you a map of what's nearby (restaurants, bars, parks, hardware stores), calculating a Walk Score for any property.

Walk Score makes the point that buying a house in a walkable neighborhood is good for your health and good for the environment.

We suspected that Brooklyn was very walkable, and our hunch proved correct. Here are some addresses and their Walk Scores:

130 Henry Street = 100! (out of 100)
182 Atlantic Ave. = 95
14 Pitkin Ave. = 58
14 Flatlands Ave. = 62
80 Avenue J = 77
62 Coffey St. = 71
200 Union St. = 97
130 Flatbush Ave. = 100
4000 S. Peninsula Dr., Daytona Beach, Florida = 37
1 Elzevir Rd., Elzevir, Canada = 0

Photo by Bob Jagendorf, Creative Commons license


Anonymous said...

I could not enter an address in Bay Ridge... I think this area is extremely walkable too!

Anonymous said...

I don't live in Bay Ridge but I've been there and I agree with 4:36pm. The walk along Shore Road with views of the Verrazano bridge and the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline, can't be beat by many of these other streets, really. These kinds of programs or surveys are fun, but always flawed or incomplete.

Anonymous said...

I believe that walk score is cool, but nowadays more and more people prefer to drive cars. Homes are often located in an area where some establishments are easier to get to by car than on foot. I've recently found a type of service on which is called Drive Score. It shows a map of what establishments are in your neighborhood and calculates a Drive Score based on the number of places within a convenient driving distance.

Anonymous said...

"...nowadays more and more people prefer to drive cars..."
Oh oh is this not a robot?