With good planning and zoning, your neighborhood can provide most of your everyday needs within easy walking distance. With bad planning, you have to hop in your car every time you need a half-gallon of milk. Though the charms of a suburban cul-de-sac might once have seemed to outweigh the pain of having to drive everywhere, it’s hard to ignore the problems it’s helped to engender: sprawl, obesity and carbon emissions.
By now, you probably know how easy ” or painfully difficult ” it is to walk in your neighborhood. But in a cool new Google Maps mashup (and I’m a sucker for any Google Maps mashup), Walkscore.com rates your address on a scale of 0-100. At the same time, it maps and lists everything from the grocery stores and restaurants to bookstores and libraries in walking distance of your home.
So check it out. Who knows? Maybe your neighborhood is more walkable than you think. Via Treehugger.