WalkScore.com misses more than restrooms

WalkScore logoIt’s almost a knee jerk New Urbanist tenet that  walkability and livability go together.   We’ve noted that Old Town Chinatown has an extremely highWalkScore and Loaded Orygun points out that of the top 138 urban neighborhoods rated for walkability, six are in central Portland.

But here’s where WalkScore fails.  First, it primarily measures walkability in terms of proximity to shopping and services proximity.  And public restrooms are not among those services!  Second, WalkScore pays no attention to public transit, street width and block length, street design, safety from crime and crashes, pedestrian-friendly community design, topography, freeways and bodies of water, and weather.

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