Saturday, July 19, 2008

Walkable Albuquerque, Almost a Surprise

Walkscore has evaluated the data amongst the largest US cities and our own growing metropolis has been ranked a respectable 21st. Considering we are the 33rd (I think) largest city in the country, I think that's quite admirable. Now if we could only convince ourselves that we are ready for real mass transit options, imagine how our scores would improve. Imagine if the surrounding cities (Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Los Lunas, Belen, South Valley) invested in walkable neighborhoods - and no, i'm not talking about subdivisions with neat trails and parks. Oh the possibilities...

3 comments:

Michael said...

This is very interesting news, but I didn't really care for their website; it ran slow and it wasn't very intuitive. But, the bottom line is that it's encouraging and I hope that some of the right people see this news and see it as the direction we should be headed. Yet another reason why I love the neighborhood I live in. Thanks for the post!

Phil said...

Cool website, thanks for the link. While I am kind of curious about their methodology and wish they did a more thorough job of locating "walkable" attractions (they missed several businesses within spitting distance in my neighborhood, for instance), their overall conclusions are pretty encouraging for ABQ. It's particularly gratifying to see how high some of the older parts of the NE Heights score: I work up there, and think that the potential for dense, walkable neighborhoods in the area bounded by, say Carlisle-Montgomery-Juan Tabo-I-40 is greatly underestimated.

Michael Bernstein said...

Looking at the map, it is clear that the redevelopment of the Fairgrounds could have a HUGE multiplier effect on the walkability of the surrounding neighborhoods.