Today, I discovered WalkScore (via the Freakonomics Blog). It is a google maps mash-up which tries to quantify how walkable an area is according to distance from common necessities, such as grocery stores and bars. Very clever. And for comparison:
- My old neighborhood in Charlottesville: 85/100 - very walkable
- My old neighborhood in Brooklyn: 88/100 - very walkable
- My current neighborhood in Princeton: 29/100 - car-dependant
- Washington Square Park, NYC: 100/100 - walker's paradise.
In all fairness to Princeton, if I were to live on Witherspoon at Spring St, I'd live in Walker's Paradise 95/100, but what grad student can afford that?