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100K Walk Score and Our Favorite Walkable Destinations

by Chad Ludeman on August 13, 2008 · 6 comments

in Development,neighborhoods,sales

We know that everyone reading is probably familiar with the project details by now, but may not be familiar with the neighborhood that it is taking place in. All members of our team work in this neighborhood and most also live here. We all love it for a variety of reasons but not everyone will share our enthusiasm without knowing a bit more about it. For this reason we have put together a series of posts and videos to familiarize everyone with the attractions surrounding the 100K House project.

To kick things off, we performed a “Walk Score” using the google mashup available at walkscore.com.  This site takes an address that you input and gives you a walk score based on a 100 point scale with 100 being the most walkable neighborhood possible. It takes into account things like grocery stores, restaurants, schools and other amenities that are all within walking distance of the source address. It’s a pretty cool tool that actually represent the linkages and location section of the LEED for Homes guideline pretty well.

So how’d we do? We scored a 74 out of 100 for a rating of “Very Walkable” as seen in the image below. This is pretty good. We felt like we should’ve done a bit better due to the proximity of the nearest train stop that takes one directly into Center City Philadelphia, but for some reason public transportation is not taken into consideration. Proximity to public transportation is a big factor for both LEED and most residents that have migrated to this neighborhood, so we feel it is worth mentioning again.

100K House Walk Score

To take the walkable conept a bit further, we went ahead and created a Google Map entitled, “100K House Walks Fishtown.” This map contains all of our favorite destinations in the area that are walkable from the 100K House site. We have tried to create our own descriptions of each location along with links to their websites and contact info if available. This map is also the inspiration for our Walking Series of videos that will continue to come out. Those routes that we highlight in the videos will be shown and linked to from this Google Map as well. We hope this helps some of you out there become a bit more familiar with the neighborhood that have not had the pleasure of visiting.

Google Map - 100K Walks Fishtown

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 roxanne August 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm

The WalkScore index is a great idea- but a lot of the information plugged into it is inaccurate (for our neighborhood anyway). Our house also scores a 75 also- but there is virtually nothing more than .25 miles away from us. The only category that comes up deficient is the proximity to “bars” (which is a very important category, I agree)- but they miss all of our neighborhood bars. They also don’t account for the extensive park system we have only 2 blocks away from us. Those 2 items seem to account for the missing 25 points.

2 Nika August 19, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Yes, walk score is real a good idea! But why only walk score?
How often do we walk nowadays? More and more people drive cars.
I have also tried one more service at
http://drivescore.fizber.com/. It is called Drive Score.
With the help of it you can see how close establishments
are by car. Try! It’s really a perfect idea!

3 Roxanne August 19, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Nika- I’m trying to figure out if you are joking or not. “How often do we walk nowadays? More and more people drive cars” Whaaat?
I gave you the benefit of the doubt and tried the DriveScore site anyway and now I’m sure this can’t be serious. The rating includes distance to Wal-Mart, Starbucks and other chains as a criteria. Half of the criteria ratings overlooked every convenience in that is close to me and plugged in the stores miles away.

4 Deadman September 29, 2008 at 9:26 am

It’s difficult to me to understand how computer counts my walk, drive and others scores. By what criterion it judges? I don’t agree with my mark and I feel upset! I don’t need most things (Gas Station, Railway Station) that computer proposing to me. But I found a service http://drivescore.fizber.com/ that offers me to choose things by myself. So my score become much higher then it was.

5 Richard Alexander June 21, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Very walkable – in daylight. Try walking past Norris Park at 1am LOL!

6 Kevin D June 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Richard,

Instead of dissing Fishtown, you should be investing in it. Sounds to me like it’s about to hit the tipping point toward full-on gentrification.

One the best measures of “neighborhood desirability” is the price of a vacant lot. I guarantee it will be up considerably in the next two years.

The price elasticity of vacant lots is high when prices are low. For example, if the average price of a home is $250k and increases to $300k, then the vacant lot price would go from, say, $50k, to $100k in the same period.

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