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How Walkable is Los Angeles?

Oct 04, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Today I was inserting information into the software program named Walkscore.

If you’ve never seen it before, Walkscore rates a neighborhood’s “walkability.” I previously wrote about this previously, but I wanted to find out more information and analysis about the correlation between Los Angeles and walking.

I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to walk more–its an easy way to get exercise. Plus, I just added a new app to my Droid 2 called MyTracks, which tracks my walks with speed, time, distance, and elevation. Pretty cool, plus it’s free. Subsequently, I’ll be sharing a few of my walks with you.

Surprisingly, when compared to all other major cities in the USA, Los Angeles ranks 9th, in walkability, which is defined by Walkscore as:

  • A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
  • People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
  • Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

Based on a scale of 1-100, with 1 being the bottom of the barrel, here’s how the Los Angeles neighborhoods stacked up:

LA Neighborhoods 2

It’s no secret that walking is beneficial to your health, and the more walkable your neighborhood is, the more likely you’re probably be more inclined to do so.

To view the walkability of Los Angeles via a map, I’ve created on here–the map is interactive, so all you have to do is click on the map itself:

The greener the area, the more walkable it is. To make a long story short, the next time you want to drive your car for just a couple of blocks, why not just walk there instead? Your body will thank you, and being outside with and enjoying the fresh air is doubly good for you.

If you’d like to find out how walkable your neighborhood is, here’s the widget to find out:

Believe it or not, Los Angeles is a lot more walker friendly than most people think it is.

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