Saturday, December 15, 2007

How walkable is your neighborhood?

A couple of months ago, some clever folks created a tool called "Walk Score." As the software developers say on their website, Walk Score is designed to "help homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods. Walk Score shows you a map of what's nearby and calculates a Walk Score for any property. Buying a house in a walkable neighborhood is good for your health and good for the environment." Go ahead, type in your address, see what's nearby, and find out on a scale of 1:100 just how walkable your neighborhood is. (FYI: we scored a 78.)


Karen Goodman said...

Thanks for pointing such a great resource to me. I'm a real estate agent in St. Louis, and I'm trying to come up with a website design/slogan/tagline for a niche that I want to develop for the more inner ring suberbs that are thriving plus a few of the city areas. The one thing they all have in common is a central strip area that makes the neighborhoods perfect for folks that want to walk to cafes, coffeeshops and stores, plus like ethnic restaurants and diversity.

While I was searching for tagline ideas, I stumbled across this post and just saved it because I am definitely going to include the walkability feature in my new site.

It was actually right on for me too. My score was 60...which is probably a tad low since there are tons of restaurants and shops in less than a mile. But, I really do have to have a car for groceries and major errands.

You've also got a great tagline. Any ideas you might have for me...maybe taglines you eliminated...would be appreciated. The goal would be to target young, liberal, diversity focused people that want to live near the lively parts of town. Some are in the city, but about half of these areas are actually old inner ring suberbs with a city grid style and tiny lots. I'm afraid that if I use the words city or urban I'll loose people wanting the old suburbs.

Mary Kay Bailey said...

Hi Karen,
I'm not a realtor-- I just love promoting urban neighborhoods. As far as taglines go, I've worked in the "smart growth" policy field for a long time and we've always talked about creating and enhancing places where you can live, work, and play--so my tagline was just a variation on that somewhat tired theme. You're probably already aware of them, but St. Louis has some great efforts to promote city living (at least they look great from the internet!)
1) Metropolis St. Louis

2) Revitalize St Louis

3) St. Louis Rehabbers Club

I think it would be cool to come up with a tagline that's got a real local connection -- and it seems that these folks are into walkable, vibrant, places and they are dedicated in making STL a destination! Good luck!