Everyone finds home in different ways, we all feel at home in different places. But one big thing we were looking for when we moved to Seattle, was to drive less and walk more. The cost to the environment and our budget was getting pretty steep in Geyserville, where we had to drive many miles to get just about anywhere. We were hoping it would be different here in Seattle…
Originally I found this link from Patti’s Foodshed Planet, quite a while ago. I was totally bummed, when I learned our score back in Geyserville. I knew it was bad, but I didn’t realize how bad. Ready? Here was our walking score in Geyserville:
ZERO. Sad isn’t it? Our little house, all alone in the middle of nowhere… Sigh.
So then recently Cheap Like Me featured the same site, and I was excited to check out how our new place compared. We really searched for a city that was sustainable, and a neighborhood within the city that was as sustainable as we could get. So… ready? Here it is:
92. It’s hard to believe that the two maps contain the same distance, isn’t it? Seattle is actually featured on the site – I’m not sure why – maybe it’s from here? Anyway, you can take a look at Seattle’s overall walkability: 72. Our neighborhood comes in 12th on the list of top walkable neighborhoods in Seattle. That’s because it’s a huge neighborhood. But we’re 2 blocks from downtown, #2, and 3 blocks from First Hill, #3, so I think we fit more there. (We live almost dead center in that green circle in the middle of the map.)
Is It Accurate?
Well, I’m sure it doesn’t take everything into account, and everyone wants to walk to different types of businesses. But we haven’t used the car in a week! Matt walks to work downtown, we shop within walking distance (except we do go to the Ballard Farmer’s Market about every other week because it’s so big in comparison to ours), and I can take the bus to our garden…
Since we moved here 10 weeks ago, we’ve driven 200 miles or so. That includes going all the way to pick up compost three times! By comparison, we were driving 100-200 miles per week in Geyserville!
So I’d say the difference in scores between Geyserville and Seattle is pretty accurate.
So, What’s Yours?
What’s your walkability score? Does the score has any relevance for you and your lifestyle? Or am I just full of myself, thinking we’ve solved this piece of the puzzle?