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New Walk Scoresexternal link are just out. How did Rochester rank? Below is a list of cities equal or greater in population and Rochester’s Walk Score puts us in the #18 slot. Not too shabby – on the surface. But…

Of cities equal or greater in population, Rochester's Walk Score puts us in the #18 slot. But we have room for improvement. [Source: WalkScore.com]

Of cities equal or greater in population, Rochester's Walk Score puts us in the #18 slot. But we have room for improvement. [Source: WalkScore.com]

…On the flip side there’s a ton of room for improvement. Our 63.1 score puts us squarely in the “Somewhat Walkable” range according to WalkScore.com. That meansexternal link, on average, some amenities (such as shops, libraries, schools, transit, etc.) are within walking distance. SOME, but not nearly enough for most of us to be completely dependent on our feeties.

And to be clear, this list applies to city residents only. Regionally we don’t look so hot. But there are many variables in calculating your specific Walk Score. So punch in your own address hereexternal link.

New York is officially the most walkable city in America; about a tenth of one percent over Jersey City with San Francisco not hot on their tales. But things do change. Last year’s rankings had San Francisco edging out New York. And it should not come as a surprise that high Walk Scores equal more than just convenience – they can also translate into increased property valuesexternal link. Not to mention a healthier community.

But hey, let those odd-balls who follow Reconnect Rochester worry about silly things like that. The rest of us will drive (ourselves silly).

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