How Walkable is your neighborhood?
Essentially, you give it your address and it will search Google’s database for nearby amenities like groceries, schools, hardware stores, movie theathers, etc. It scores how close everything is, and assigns your address a 1-100 score indicating how walking-friendly it appears.
Now, it doesn’t take into account things like the presence of sidewalks, the size of the street, speed limits, etc – but it does seem to give a decent thumbnail-sketch indication of how good your neighborhood is.
My house scored 42 of 100, which on their scale is “not walkable”, or:
0.30 miles Park
0.35 Grocery store
0.49 Dry cleaner
0.50 Drug store
0.76 Coffee shop
1.18 Hardware store
1.60 Movie theater
2.22 Day care
I looked up some of my previous apartments, and my parents’ house – my apartments fared much better (duh – I was blocks from High Street), while my parents’ house was very poor (again, duh – they live in a cul-de-sac suburb)