Sunday, October 30, 2011

Is Old North Davis a “Walker’s Paradise?” (88)


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The other day I encountered a curious and interesting website called “walkscore.com"--which is here: http://www.walkscore.com/


As image 1 shows, you are invited to type in an address. In seconds it produces a “walk score” for that location.

I first tried the neutral address of 600 6th street and it popped out the score of 89, which it labeled “Very Walkable.” (Image 2)


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I then put in my own address, which came back as 92 and in the category “Walker’s Paradise.” (Image 3)


Image 3 also lists the scores of many other Davis areas, ranging from the “Downtown Core” at 93 to “Wildhorse GC” at 15.

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Poking around, I see the Walkscore people classify neighborhoods into the five categories of “walkabiity” seen in image 4.
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This project has at least the gloss of “objectivity” in that the rationale and detailed methodology are available online, including a discussion of its “walk score algorithm.” (Image 5)

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The Walkscore people make clear that the point of all this is, from their point of view, to have businesses add walkscore capacity to their websites--hopefully at the “premium” (paying) level. (Image 6)
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