Zillow has added Walk Scores to homes on their site. You can look up your house on Zillow or on Walk Score and see how walkable your neighborhood is, according to their formula. The score is by the maps are on your house’s page. Do you agree with your home’s walk score?
My neighborhood has a Walk Score of 65, or “moderately walkable.” However, there’s a new beta feature on Walk Score called Street Smart, which adds in number of intersections per square mile and block length in calculating the score, and on that measure my neighborhood goes down to 54, or only “Somewhat Walkable.” What it doesn’t measure is how pleasant or unpleasant the walk is, based on number of shade trees or how well the sidewalk is maintained.
Oh, it’s got some bugs, like calling a catering company run out of someone’s house a restaurant, but the idea makes sense. I just don’t see being within 100 feet of a commercial zone as a good thing. When I ran the same scores on a house across the street from some commercial zones near Fremont and Mary in Sunnyvale, the scores went up to 80 (Very Walkable, Walk Score) and 65 (Somewhat Walkable, Street Smart). But another house behind a different big batch of retail centers at the corner of Hollenbeck and Homestead got scores of 66 and 69.
Feel free to report your Walk Score, or vehemently disagree with the algorithm, or bring up any topic you wish. This is an Open Thread. Remember, tomorrow is Easter, so late start to Spring Bounce this year!