Sunday, August 8, 2010

Southern Note - The Walk Score

One of my daughters is making her fourth move in three years - all while gainfully employed with the same organization.  And this time, she has a new weapon at her disposal, as she searches for a place on the internet for a place to live in Minneapolis - a city she has never visited.  The Walk Score.  This amazing internet service (http://www.walkscore.com/) judges the "walkability" of any address in metropolitan areas (probably doesn't apply out here...) based on the distance to stores and amenities, safety of the area, etc.  A score of 90-100 means it is a Walker's Paradise and daily errands do not require a car; conversely a score of 0-24 indicates that all errands require a car.  Walkability, of course, has many benefits to the health of the individual and environment and a high Walk Score also increases the likelihood that she'll pick a safe neighborhood full of people who like to walk instead of drive.  Which will make us both very happy...