Found this amusing Google mash-up following CogDog’s tweets, Walk Score. It searches for business, schools, libraries, etc within walking distance of any address and then hands a score on a scale from 1-100.
My score? 18, which equals Driving Only. Well, you can actually walk to the Wal-Mart superstore from here, which has a McD’s and a hair salon, so where else exactly do you need to go anyway? Of course it makes little sense to walk there … cause how are you going to lug back a six-month supply of toilet paper, an industrial-size bottle of dishwasher detergent, 10 cubic feet of decorative mulch, and the latest DVD release?
Helpfully there is a Border’s "nearby" (six miles) and you only have to cross two interstates and a giant mall parking lot to get there.
One reply on “One more on suburbia: Walk Score 18.”
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 drivescore.fizber.com 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. It doesn’t mean that drive score is better than walk score – they are equal and both necessary in the modern world!