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.

“For decades, Americans have tended to drive more every year, but that’s changing,” said Josh Herst, CEO at Walk Score. “Today commuting by bus, bike and foot are on the rise as more people choose apartments and homes in walkable neighborhoods and with shorter, cheaper and happier commutes.” - See more at:



Comments [2]

oinonio from Boston

Boston is walkable within neighborhoods, but to cross between them remains difficult. All the major avenues, such as Boylston and massachusets, have interminably long delays before pedestrians are allowed to cross. In the winter the city fails to remove snow from public sidewalks, and often plows clear snow from streets into sidewalks and bus shelters. The bowker overpass, an ugly and redundant piece of engineering cuts off Kenmore Sq. from the Back bay, visually and psychologically; while slowing destroying an Olmstead Park beneath. And while cycle paths exist in the parks, the Emerald Necklace is pulled apart, with cyclists and pedestrians alike facing some of the most dangerous intersections to cross between them. It will be interesting to see whether the new mayor will continue to kowtow to the car and the suburban commuter while paying lip service to pedestrians, as well as cyclists, who must brave automobile traffic or ride on sidewalks from fear. If Boston is in the top walkable cities, the nation has a long way to go.

Nov. 12 2013 09:17 AM
TOM from Brooklyn

'Peak car'? You obviously have not kept up with the discussion. Even the original argument allowed room for a return to full growth/employment and subsequent topping of three trillion miles VMT and new 'peaks'!

Nov. 07 2013 10:35 AM

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