Kate Hinds is an Associate Producer for WNYC News. She also reports for WNYC and Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.
New York, San Francisco, Boston Top List of Country's Most Walkable Cities
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 02:19 PM
Want to live in a neighborhood where you don't have to own a car? There's a website for that.
Walk Score released its 2014 rankings of the country's most walkable cities. No surprise: the top three are densely populated, transit-rich, and bike-share available. New York comes out on top, with a score of 88 out of a possible 100.
But drill down on individual neighborhoods and some cities become even more walkable than at first glance. New York has over 100 neighborhoods scoring in the "Walker's Paradise" (90+) range. (Somewhat amusingly, Rikers Island is the city's least walkable neighborhood.)
Walk Score uses the rankings in part to advertise apartment rentals, thereby tapping into a growing demand. Research shows a strong majority of so-called Millennials want to live in urban cores, people will pay more to live in walkable neighborhoods, and residences near transit made for better real estate investments during the recent recession. Not to mention we might have achieved both 'peak car' and 'peak pickup.'
See the list here.