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zoog
10-18-07, 08:08 PM
Not really a rant or rave, but found this site today where you can type in an address and it will show you restaurants, stores, parks, schools, etc. nearby, with distances, and give the location a rating (0 - 100) on walkability.

http://www.walkscore.com/

I put in my home address and the score was 52. Somewhere on the site was a pulldown menu with some famous locations. For example, the White House scored 100. The Bush ranch in Crawford scored 0. :D

Might be a helpful tool for someone looking for a place to live where they can walk / bike more and drive less.

Jim Nickerson
10-18-07, 11:47 PM
Not really a rant or rave, but found this site today where you can type in an address and it will show you restaurants, stores, parks, schools, etc. nearby, with distances, and give the location a rating (0 - 100) on walkability.

http://www.walkscore.com/

I put in my home address and the score was 52. Somewhere on the site was a pulldown menu with some famous locations. For example, the White House scored 100. The Bush ranch in Crawford scored 0. :D

Might be a helpful tool for someone looking for a place to live where they can walk / bike more and drive less.

I went through Crawford a couple of years back just to see what it was after Bush moved there. You can walk in the woods or fields or to the town with 2-3 stores which ain't bad for rural Texas.

In Fort Worth, my score was 72--not bad.

GRG55
10-19-07, 01:35 AM
I went through Crawford a couple of years back just to see what it was after Bush moved there. You can walk in the woods or fields or to the town with 2-3 stores which ain't bad for rural Texas.

In Fort Worth, my score was 72--not bad.

Put in my address. It came back with a little camel symbol and the distance to the nearest oasis...

zoog
07-17-08, 12:26 PM
Not really a rant or rave, but found this site today where you can type in an address and it will show you restaurants, stores, parks, schools, etc. nearby, with distances, and give the location a rating (0 - 100) on walkability.

http://www.walkscore.com/

I put in my home address and the score was 52. Somewhere on the site was a pulldown menu with some famous locations. For example, the White House scored 100. The Bush ranch in Crawford scored 0. :D

Might be a helpful tool for someone looking for a place to live where they can walk / bike more and drive less.

You heard it here first...;)

marketwatch (http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/top-10-walkable-cities-have/story.aspx?guid=%7B2B1A78D9%2DF18A%2D4EEE%2D9FD7%2 D0C31E62D14CF%7D)


Gasoline prices have more and more people considering walkability as a key factor in their housing decisions.Their list of top ten walkable cities:

San Francisco
New York
Boston
Chicago
Philadelphia
Seattle
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles
Portland

LA seems a little surprising but, as with all of these cities, it depends on just where in the city you live. I noted in another thread, the biking one I think, that my new location scored 80; about five miles from where I used to own a house.

Slimprofits
07-17-08, 02:42 PM
The Boston/Cambridge area is great (*****) for walking almost anywhere, but one has to develop a resilience to harsh winter weather, when the wind really whips around. I don't mind the rain, but windy rain is a pain in the ass. Especially when, for example carrying bags from the food market. Still, walking is almost always a much better choice than riding the most ineptly run public transportation system in the country.

dbarberic
07-17-08, 04:33 PM
My house scored 58. Not shabby.

metalman
07-17-08, 06:25 PM
My house scored 58. Not shabby.

mine scored 0 and that's without the walking distance up 3 flights of stairs out of the concrete bunker. that'd make it a -23.

GRG55
07-18-08, 12:16 AM
mine scored 0 and that's without the walking distance up 3 flights of stairs out of the concrete bunker. that'd make it a -23.

I think the scoring system is busted for the times we live in now. Didn't see any weighting for distance to the nearest gun shop for ammo refills...

c1ue
07-18-08, 04:38 PM
If you're gonna Mad Max it, strongly suggest the auto spring, ratchet cocked crossbows.

250lb pull. Reusable ammo. Goes through Kevlar. Same trajectory as gun up to 100 yards.