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Wanna take a walk?

Posted by Rona Fischman  October 14, 2008 10:06 PM

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ZipRealty.com has a great new utility on its site. It’s from Walk Score. It ranks a home in relation to how conveniently located it is to grocery stores, parks, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, movies, bars, mass transit stations and more. Homes that score 90 or above are deemed a “Walker’s Paradise,” homes scored between 70 to 89 as “Very Walkable,” 50 to 69 as “Somewhat Walkable,” and 0 to 49 as “Car Dependent.”

I tried it. I put in my address. First local business names pop up on the side (I assume this brings in some advertising revenue.) Then my score comes up at the top. My house is an 83, Very Walkable. My office gets an 82.

I chose my home because it was very walkable. Was walkability part of your decision making for a purchase or a rental? Where are the best walkable neighborhoods around Boston? Where are the best walkable neighborhoods in the suburban towns?

Also, what about walking for pleasure? This scale includes parks, but probably misses things like a trail that leads to town or to the train. Beautiful trails provide daily exercise for many and a path to town for really lucky people.

One more thing, where’s the best dog-walking?

Do you like this new tool? I do!

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4 comments so far...
  1. Walk Score is not new...

    Posted by Christina October 15, 08 01:33 PM
  1. I put my address in (Dorchester Lower Mills area) and got a 66!! There wasn't updated info on some of the most popular businesses (Flatback coffee shop, Shaw's Supermarket, the Icecreamsmith! as well as Milton Hill Sport and Spa fitness club, Eclipse Hair Salon) and acessibility to the T. But had some places listed never heard of! Maybe the categories need refining?

    Posted by Claire October 15, 08 02:02 PM
  1. I'm disappointed by Waltham's unwalkability. There is a major lack of sidewalks which makes it unsafe and unhealthy for a city that could have major walk potential.

    Posted by RACHEL October 15, 08 07:20 PM
  1. ZipRealty is a joke!

    Posted by Jonathan Bowen October 16, 08 01:11 AM
 
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