There is a lot of talk around this issue of walkability, especially in Sacramento’s urban areas. A friend of mine said to me the other day, “If I were to move, one of my criteria is that I have to be in walking distance to a bakery,” as donuts were the topic of our provocative conversation. I am fortunate, there are several bakeries in walking distance from me (Freeport Bakery and Marie’s Donuts just to name a few).
You probably already know the answer to this question, but check out this website to walkscore.com and see where your neighborhood ranks.
For kicks I typed in my address (thinking our neighborhood is very walkable) and came up with a score of 69 out of 100 = “somewhat wakable.” So I then typed in a friend’s address who lives in Natomas… as imagined 43 out of 100 = “car-dependent.” Our old home in Boulevard Park/Midtown gets 86 out of 100 = “very walkable.”
A fun and interesting website, especially in light of our changing cultural values when it comes to how we view our planet. And, as fuel prices increase, cities become more dense, and as people realize their longing for community, this “walkability measure” will be even a larger factor when buying a home.