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July 31st, 2007
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From the minds of kiffle and wendywoowho:


http://www.walkscore.com

My current place scores 17, as contrasted with my apartment in Cambridge that had a comfortable 80. I couldn't remember, but poking around my old DayRunner, I found the address of my apartment I lived in when I moved from Cambridge to Bothell, before I bought this house. That place scores 40.

Wendy suggested that public transportation should figure into the calculations (which I'm sure would be a lot more difficult than what they're currently doing). I'd say not just include public transportation, but take into account the actual path that a pedestrian would walk. Perhaps multiply the distances by 1.5 if it's walking alongside a road with no sidewalks. For my home, it says I'm 4 miles or so from a movie theatre, but that's as the crow flies, and if one were to walk, it'd be probably 8 miles without a sidewalk, and another .5 with, so call it "12.5 normalized walking units".

Seems like beyond about a mile, any distance is practically infinite - people won't walk it at all.

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From:sushigrade
Date:July 31st, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
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My new place in Ithaca? 97. And I totally believe it, as there's a metric buttload of restaurants and shops downtown and in College town, and I'm a block from the former and two or three from the latter.
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From:scoreboard
Date:August 1st, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
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My old place in Arlington is an 80. I think that's too low, as I lived in it for almost 4 years and put maybe 5000 miles on my car the whole time. If that. Factor in the Metro and, well, I never needed to drive to anything but Tyson's Corner.

Current place gets a 45, but the lack of a grocery store in walking distance is a dagger. I also think they're cheating a bit to count some of the things they do (a glass supply house is not a "hardware store" no matter how you spin it - if I can't fix the toilet from their stock, it ain't any hardware store.) I also call shenanigans on a movie theater that is 2 miles off and requires one to cross not one but two divided highways.

And the ancestral home? 3. Out of 100. And that is "the CITY house" according to my mother and Cousin Pa, who make their main residence 10 miles into the sticks from THAT.
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From:avon4miles
Date:August 1st, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
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Current house scores 23, last residence, 6.

If public transportation were a factor, my score would probably jump pretty high-my front door is approximately 15 steps from a scheduled bus stop.
From:smileattherain
Date:August 1st, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Apparently, my house scores a 42. Though I think they should take into account ethnicity (as the two closest places are an Indian restaurant and Indian grocery). Interesting, though!
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