Between the obscene price of gas, bulging bellies, and green guilt, walking is once again in vogue. We’ve posted about WalkScores on SweetDigs before, but I wanted to share with you the latest WalkScore rankings.
While Seattle didn’t make it into the top ten most livable cities, we rank number six in terms of walkability. San Francisco came in first, followed by New York, Boston and Chicago.
Given the list, it appears large, densely-packed cities are the most walkable. No surprise there; big city neighborhoods have restaurants, entertainment and other services demanded by their inhabitants. The ‘burbs on the other hand (including several of the so-called most livable cities), with their open spaces and strip-mall-services, require daily car excursions.
Though walkability is just one factor among many of a home’s overall appeal, in the current environment, it’s gaining importance. I’m thinking it won’t be too long before walk scores are included as a matter of practice in most MLS listings.