Is it still true that nobody walks in L.A?
We didn't make the "Top 10 Most Walkable U.S. Cities," according to the latest ranking from website Walk Score, but some of our neighborhoods are getting more and more foot friendly.
In fact Walk Score this month named four L.A.'s neighborhoods that it says each comprise a "walker's paradise." Really?
Downtown, Chinatown, Koreatown and Pico-Union were listed as "2014 Walker's Paradise Neighborhoods" by Walk Score:
In addition to having a Walk Score of over 90, all of these neighborhoods also have excellent public transit with a Transit Score of over 70.
Downtown was L.A.'s most walkable neighborhood overall, with a Walk Score of 93.
So-called Mid-City West (whatever that is) made the top 5 most walkable 'hoods in L.A. but didn't crack a 90 score to make the Paradise list. It scored 88. Walk Score says of our fine town:
A better Los Angeles is emerging from a city that was built for cars. Investments in light rail, express bus lines, and redeveloped neighborhoods are paying off.
These neighborhoods might be our future. Walk Score says:
Between 2001 and 2009, the average annual number of vehicle-miles traveled by young people (16 to 34 year-olds) declined 23 percent.
What's behind the score? The site states that it is ...
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... based on a proprietary algorithm and analysis of over 10 million addresses and over 2 billion walking routes to neighborhood amenities across 2,500 cities and more than 10,000 neighborhoods.
With a score of only 64, L.A. itself only made the top 13 of the nation's most walkable cities, according to the site.
The top 5 cities include, in this order: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami.