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    JP614
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    The 2011 Ratings have been released and Columbus is ranked 29th:

    http://www.walkscore.com/OH/Columbus

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Why Walkable Cities Aren’t Always the Ones You’d Think
    RICHARD FLORIDA
    OCT 13, 2011

    Walk Score released its most recent walkability rankings for America’s 2,500 largest cities and towns this past summer. The ratings are based on a scale of 1-100, and include factors like accessibility to services and amenities like grocery stores, parks, schools, hospitals, and mass transit.

    Neighborhoods ranked 0-49 are “Car Dependent”; 50-69 are “Somewhat Walkable”; 70-89 are “Very Walkable” and 90-100 are “Walkers Paradises.” The average Walk Score for America’s communities was 43; we remain a car-dependent nation. But many communities are quite walkable.

    READ MORE: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2011/10/why-walkable-cities-arent-always-the-ones-you-think/279/

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    Note: 29th of the largest 50 cities. Not of ALL cities. Which makes the rating pretty sad, really.

    This is not a badge of honor. This is the typical Mike Brown-esque, “Hey, were number 15 at something!!” type data. Sad.

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    dreamy.mcdreamster said:
    This is not a badge of honor.

    Who said that it was?

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    cc
    Member

    I also think walkscore uses ‘as the crow flies’ distances which tends to throw out some of the accessibility issues. I kind of wish they would somehow plug it into google to get more accurate info as far as true routing. It is still a nice tool to see what is around in a certain area though.

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    Columbus Ranks #27 in Walkability in 2014 Walk Score Results
    Published on November 9, 2013 11:20 am
    By: Walker

    WalkScore.com, the internet’s most popular site for determining the walkability of urban places, released their annual rankings this week to showcase the most pedestrian friendly cities across the United States for 2014. There were few surprises at the top of the list, which includes (in order) New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, DC, Seattle, Oakland and Baltimore.

    Columbus falls further down the list, placing in at #27 out of large cities with an average city-wide walk score of 40 (out of 100). Despite recent biking and pedestrian infrastructure upgrades, this placement is exactly the same as when we first took a look at these scores back in 2008. Which begs the question… does proper infrastructure lead to improved walkability, or is dense private development required before the score is raised?

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/columbus-ranks-40-in-walkability-in-2014-walk-score-results

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