Recently, I was reading a story about America's most walkable cities and it got me thinking: Where does Evergreen Park rank? Well, it turns out there's a web site for that: www.walkscore.com.
With a score of 74.3, Chicago ranks eighth in walkability among cities of all sizes in the United States (more on the scale in a moment). Cambridge, MA, ranks No. 1 with a Walk Score of 88.8. Among the 50 largest cities in the U.S., Chicago ranks fourth while New York is No. 1 with a score of 85.3.
Walk Score's scale reads thusly:
- 90-100: "Walker's Paradise. Daily errands do not require a car."
- 70-89: "Very Walkable. Most errands can be accomplished on foot."
- 50-69: "Somewhat Walkable. Some amenities within walking distance."
- 25-49: "Car-Dependent. A few amenities within walking distance."
- 0-24: "Car-Dependent. Almost all errands require a car."
Evergreen Park's Walk Score is 66. That puts us squarely in the middle of the "Somewhat Walkable" category, which seems right to me. As I have mentioned before, Evergreen Park . Others have as well. Let's put this in the context of some other places we know about:
- The Beverly neighborhood has a Walk Score of 72.
- Lincoln Park has a Walk Score of 87.
- Oak Lawn has a Walk Score of 60.
- Alsip has a Walk Score of 55.
- Tinley Park has a Walk Score of 40.
- Orland Park has a depressingly dismal (but not surprising) Walk Score of 38.
Think about Tinley and Orland and how they're laid out from a planning perspective. They're not designed for walkability. They're designed for drivability, and they're even failing at that because their populations have exceeded the roadways' ability to handle the traffic.
Exactly the opposite of Beverly and Lincoln Park. We're in the middle, which .
But here's what I want to know now: How often do you walk in Evergreen Park? When you walk, where do you walk? Why do you walk where you walk? What are your favorite destinations and routes?