WalkScore hits the New York Times

Congrats to the WalkScore team for being featured in today’s Sunday New York Times!

Founded in July 2007 by Mike Mathieu, the chairman of Front Seat Management in Seattle, WalkScore works with Google Maps and census data. Type in a street address on the site, and within seconds a list and map appear showing the nearest grocery stores, restaurants, gyms, schools and more — all for free. The site works for any address within the United States, Canada, and even Britain. It also uses a formula to assign point values to locations within a mile of the given address. These points yield a final score from 1 to 100 for the address’s overall “walkability.”

2 thoughts on “WalkScore hits the New York Times”

  1. It works for Germany, too. But it only knows a small fraction of grocery stores (whose density is typically higher over here than in, say, the United States) which according to the site makes my place “car-dependent”, which it isn’t. I walk pretty much everywhere.

    I wonder what’s the use of this site, though. If I’m looking for a new place to live, I’d probably take a look around the neighbourhood anyway, speak to future neighbours, etc. If I already live there, well, then I better know whether it’s walkable or not.

    Btw, high petrol prices help with the “walkability” or “bikeability” of a place, too. Perhaps that should be a factor as well ;).

  2. I think it’s an interesting attempt to (if somewhat crudely) quantify and compare an important, but previously-totally-subjective quality.
    For example, WalkScore has done some interesting GIS analysis to compute America’s “most walkable cities” (http://www.walkscore.com/rankings/) which I think could be an interesting spur to promote walkability.

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