We stumbled upon these maps of Edgewater & Edgewater Glen’s “Walk Scores” earlier this week and thought some of you might dig. According to their algorithms and the way they have decided to carve up the neighborhoods, “Edgewater” (not including Andersonville, Edgewater Beach, Magnolia Glen or Edgewater Glen) is the 39th most walkable neighborhood in Chicago with 11,533 residents (Walk Score = 88, Transit Score = 71, Bike Score = 66.0). Edgewater Glen is apparently the 37th most walkable neighborhood in Chicago with 2,335 residents (Walk Score = 89, Transit Score = 73, Bike Score = 68).
“Walk Score is a website that takes a physical address—enter yours here—and computes, using proprietary algorithms and various data streams, a measure of its walkability. More recently it’s started tracking how transit-friendly neighborhoods are too. What drives the score is choice and proximity—the more amenities (restaurants, movie theaters, schools) you have around you, and the closer they are, the higher your Walk Score. I live in a “Walker’s Paradise” neighborhood in Brooklyn, one that earns a perfect 100. (The three-doors-down grocery store is so close I’ve left food cooking while I ran to replenish a missing ingredient.) George W. Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch rates a 0 (“car dependent”).
Launched in 2007 as part of a series of “civic software” initiatives, Walk Score instantly went viral, and quickly become an institution, particularly in the world of real estate. Walk Score numbers are found on every Zillow listing and on more than 10,000 realtor websites nationwide. Some agencies even allow customers to search for properties by Walk Score. “Even if it’s not the highest Walk Score, people want to know what their neighborhood is going to be like,” says Lerner, as we sit watching a live stream of real-time Walk Score inquiries on a large screen, a flickering array of dots from Los Angeles to Capetown. “They might want the closest grocery store to be two blocks away, but even if it isn’t, they want to know how far it is. What’s the closest place to get coffee? Are there parks and schools nearby?” – Slate.com’s “What’s Your Walk Score”