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Blog post
November 9, 2015, 9am PST
Some presidential candidates favor sprawl, but a surprising number live in cities or inner-ring suburbs.
Michael Lewyn
December 5, 2014, 7am PST
Creating 'greener' buildings will help address climate change... right?
August 22, 2014, 5am PDT
Dave Munson discovered the neighborhoods throughout the United States that are both affordable by his salary and walkable.
Munson's City
June 5, 2012, 7am PDT
Hazel Borys argues that "the payback of livable places really can’t be calculated in dollars, or pounds of fat or carbon, or even hours. The payback of place is passion."
October 13, 2011, 2pm PDT
Richard Florida digests Walkscore's Walkability rankings, and discusses some surprising results. Among the top ten are Union City, New Jersey, and Miami, Florida.
The Atlantic
November 7, 2009, 1pm PST
Transit stops are now included on Walkscore, the map-mashup website that scores neighborhoods based on their accessibility and walkability.
NRDC Switchboard
August 18, 2009, 2pm PDT
A recent study finds a correlation between a neighborhood's walkability and its home values.
Inman News
Blog post
June 14, 2009, 8am PDT

Recently, an acquaintance asked me how to measure the walkability of a place he was visiting.  

I could have told him to just look at Walkscore (  Walkscore assigns scores to places based on their proximity to a wide variety of destinations.  So if a place has a high walkscore AND a walkable street design (e.g. narrow streets, a grid system, etc.) it is probably pretty walkable.

Michael Lewyn