What makes a street attractive? What provides the invitation to stroll or linger?
Is it the placement of trees that line the street, the storefronts which have glass facades revealing what lies inside or the urban furniture that creates an outdoor living room. Low rise buildings vs high rises, create density while not overwhelming pedestrians with their heights, opening a view of blue sky.
A great street is all this and more, and even if we can’t exactly describe the magic combination, we know it when we walk it.
Photography Credit: Aminah Ricks
No two cities are alike. Neither are all the neighborhoods within each city. Going further, depending on your particular address within a neighborhood, your walkability and ease of access to public transportation, the grocery store, bank and favorite coffee shop determine your quality of life or lack thereof.
Walk Score is an impressive algorithm that generates a score of walkability by address. If you live in Canada, Australia or the United States, all you have to do is plug in your location. Find out if you live in a Walkers Paradise now.
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