Zach Goodyear here again. Yesterday I was talking with Tom Turner, Executive Director of the Nashville Downtown Partnership, and he was telling me about a website called WalkScore.com. He said it calculated the walkability of your neighborhood.
I checked it out and I have to say, it’s pretty darn cool! You can plug in any address and it will calculate a score for you (0-100) based on your proximity to restaurants, coffee shops, bars, parks, libraries, grocery stores, and many other convenient and essential shopping venues. It’s a fascinating tool that I have been a little bit addicted to for the last 30 minutes, inputting just about every address I know.
I did a search for our office at 301 Church Street and realized that I spend much of my day in a Walker’s Paradise, according to the website. It scored a 91. My house, on the other hand, scored a measly 52. And some of my friends that live in, well, let’s just say not such an urban area, scored a 0! The website says the only walking they will do is from their house to the car.
What is your current walk score? What else do you wish was around you that would improve it? What is your ideal walk score? I can’t wait to see your comments!