West Hollywood is California's Most Walkable City?

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Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM
click to enlarge Walking in WeHo. - NICHOLE O'CONNOR.
  • Nichole O'Connor.
  • Walking in WeHo.

West Hollywood was named the "Most Walkable" city in California. It's 89 out of 100 score for walkable amenities even beat out San Francisco and New York, the two major cities that duked it out for top honors (New York won).

Makes you wonder if the company that does the annual ranking, Seattle-based Walk Score, really has a feel for L.A.

Don't get us wrong, we love West Hollywood's ...

... screamingly lit-up cross walks, in-your-face sheriff's patrols and median foliage fit for a zoo. It's all so tidy and eye-friendly.

And still you'd be lucky not to get flattened trying to cross Santa Monica Boulevard. And forget trying to foot it from the west side of the city to the east in this long, east-west town. That's nearly 2.5 miles worth of hoofing by our Thomas Bros. wall map.

And yet the Walk Score folks say its ranking is largely based on "proximity to nearby amenities." Yeah, well, WeHo has its amenities: Pavilions, Trader Joe's, dog grooming, adult stores, pawn shops and clubs. But is that really what a walk-worthy city is about?

And really now, West Hollywood is more walkable than Santa Monica? WeHo has a nice stroll in Santa Monica Boulevard, and maybe you can throw in sections of Robertson Boulevard, which is also cut into slices belonging to the cities of L.A. and Beverly Hills. You might throw in the Sunset Strip, but we doubt people climb the hill and walk there. They park and walk, yeah.

And Santa Monica has ... Santa Monica Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard, Third Street Promenade, Ocean Avenue, Ocean Park Boulevard, and Pico Boulevard.


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