Archive for November, 2007

Walk score

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Well, one of the interesting uses of Google Maps is the Walk Score website http://www.walkscore.com – from a typed in address it infers how walking friendly the neighborhood is. It seems that it looks up the closest restaurant, grocery store, bookstore and so on, and calculates the score based on whether I can walk there or not.

Without further ado: the score for our Orlando house is 12: which means: Driving Only: Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!

I would add to this that the score is somewhat optimistic, as it does not take into consideration whether the closest destination is acceptable – in my case, the closest “general purpose” bookstore is 3 miles away, well, good luck with that.