While waiting for the plane this morning, I read Ed’s blog posting about WalkScore. So as soon as I took my seat, I punched in my address and was shocked to find it only rated a 35, despite having three groceries within a mile (and we walk to one of them on a regular basis – unfortunately, it’s not the one we like to shop at). Diane’s childhood house in Valley Stream did somewhat better, at 45 (it was only one block off the main drag). My childhood home in Richmond did amazingly well, at 74 — having two or three major shopping centers within a mile must affect the score significantly (there was only one there when I was growing up).
The hotel I’m currently inhabiting, in Collinsville, Illinois, gets a 37. But there aren’t even any sidewalks!
I like the concept, but I’m not sure I buy the results.