Walkscore.com is the answer. Walkscore.com uses an algorithm to grade addresses based on nearby amenities, from restaurants and coffee shops to parks and libraries. Scores range from 0 to 100, with 100 being the most walkable; a score higher than 70 indicates it's possible to get around in the area without using a car. Walkscore.com has partnered with Transportation for America (T4A) to advocate for the inclusion of "walkability" provisions in the 2009 Transportation Bill.
A report, "Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Housing Values in U.S. Cities," was commissioned by CEOs for Cities
, a national network of leaders from the civic, business, academic and philanthropic sectors. Walkscore.com's scores were featured in the report. The report looked at 94,000 real estate transactions in 15 markets. In 13 of the markets, higher levels of "walkability" were directly linked to higher home values.
Community health advocates have a new resource and data that may be compelling to business people, city officials, and elected officeholders. Increasing property values and lowering BMI........... there is a slogan somewhere in there.
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Walkable cities Walkscore.com webpage
Walkscore.com press stories