Moving to a new place can be daunting, especially when you don’t know where things are. While WalkScore.com is intended to help people find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods, because they generate maps of what’s nearby and calculates a Walk Score for any property.
Whether you walk out of a desire to cut down on pollution, don’t drive or can’t afford to drive, Walk Score can help you find the places you need and want to go to.
The score is generated on a scale of 0 to 100. I put in a few addresses I know for comparison to my current neighborhood – and I wasn’t really surprised – places in the American Southeast are less likely to have high Walk Scores than neighborhoods in the American Northeast.
My neighborhood and the neighborhood around the White House have the same walk score – 91 – that’s a great walk score! The only neighborhoods where I got walk scores of 100 were in New York City and its inner suburbs. 💡
Since moving to my new home in August, I have used WalkScore.com to find stores, restaurants and even a library near my home. Yes, I could use Google Maps, but Walk Score’s use of Google Map’s API helps me a lot more – instead of just typing in a business type or name in Google Maps, I can just type in my address and see what pops up. Maybe, I’m hungry but not sure what I want to eat. Or want to go to a theater, but not sure which ones are nearby.
I’m anxiously awaiting more features, such as integration with public transit and more places – i.e. banks, USPS Mailboxes and clothing stores.
If you want to know how walkable your neighborhood is and perhaps discover something new, check out Walk Score!
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