Picture this: a group of co-workers gathered around one computer monitor, taking turns typing in their home addresses. As the website "Walkscore.com" works its magic, there is silence in the cubicle. Everyone secretly hopes their home address produces the superior Walk Score.
Welcome to a new real estate phenomenon. No longer is it simply "location, location, location." It's about a specific type of location — a location with everything within walking distance.
Walkscore.com, founded in 2007 by a small group of forward-thinking entrepreneurs, shows three million Walk Scores every day, in an effort to promote walkable neighborhoods. The people behind Walk Score believe that "walkability" is "one of the simplest and best solutions for the environment, our health, and our economy." In other words: Walk Score wants to help people reduce the time and money they spend driving.
In their recent rankings of America's most walkable neighborhoods, Boston is in third place behind San Francisco and New York. But until this week, Walk Score was focused on small worlds, the world of your neighborhood and convenience near your front door.
Two new products are working to change that. Transit Score and Commute Report will help prospective homeowners and renters figure out how long it will take and how much it will cost for them to get from their walkable (or un-walkable) neighborhood to work or school.
We put our own addresses to the test and caught up with the folks at Walk Score to learn more.
- Matt Lerner, chief technology officer, Walk Score
This program aired on August 20, 2010.