Re: Walkscore website
- Yes, it is an interesting and very useful tool, although the creators
themselves recognize that they're working with only one factor of
walkability and livability. It's simply a measure of proximity, telling you
what shops and services are near to a given address, including the distance,
name, description, address/phone and location of each. I think it's
ambitious enough as it is, without its misleading name and "Find a great
neighborhood" slogan. Even as a proximity indicator it is very much a work
in progress in terms of businesses and services listed. And in my
neighborhood it doesn't include post offices, parks and schools. By giving a
score to an address at this stage in the software's development, it implies
a level of precision that simply isn't there. But it do very well with the
neighborhood in the U.S. where I grew up.
"*Distance: *We are currently using 'as the crow flies' distances rather
than walking directions. This means if you live across the lake from a
destination, we are assuming you will swim. We are investigating using
Google Driving Directions to calculate our distances. Hopefully, Google will
add Walking Directions in the future!"
I also noticed that if you type in the name of a city, it calculates for the
most central location in that city or the city hall, not the city as a
whole. York, UK got a 95, although my neighborhood of York got a 58. Venice,
Italy got a 75.
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