Walkability is big in today's world. And Milwaukee ranks very high -- No. 13 -- on walkscore.com, a new Web site that ranks walkable neighborhoods using a walk score algorithm.
The walkable listings are calculated by applying the Walk Score algorithm block by block throughout a city. They also weigh scores by population density.
Not surprising, densely populated cities San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia ranked 1-5, while more spread out cities like Charlotte, Nashville and Jacksonville fell to the bottom three (38-40).
Milwaukee ranked just below Denver (11) and Baltimore (12) and above Cleveland (14) and Louisville (15).
Great cities focus on the pedestrian and accessibility while using creative mixed-use developments to make streets work better for cars and people. Thus, Milwaukee's East Side and Downtown fare well in the scores. Notes the site, "The top 8 neighborhoods in Milwaukee are Walkers' Paradises. 29% of Milwaukee residents have a Walk Score of 70 or above."
WalkScore.com searched 2,508 neighborhoods in the 40 largest U.S. cities for amenities that allow residents to drive less, including the location of stores, restaurants and services, transit options, housing choices and green spaces.
Now Milwaukee residents need to start walking! Ranked the 17th fattest city by Forbes Magazine last Nov., Milwaukee residents can decrease their risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol just by walking 30 minutes each day. Decreasing those risk factors decreases your risk of heart disease and stroke, Milwaukees No. 1 and No. 3 killers. According to the American Heart Association, for every one hour of vigorous exercise that you do, like a brisk walk, you gain two hours of life expectancy. Between the walk ability ranking in Milwaukee and benefits of walking, we have no reason to remain on the list of fattest cities
Wow, 13 is a decent rank, but there is NO WAY we are anywhere close to Cleveland in terms of walkability. Milwaukee has very straightforward layout, has wide sidewalks (for the most part), is VERY well connected to the lakefront and surrounding neighborhoods, and has quite a bit of street life.
Cleveland has no grid to speak of, sidewalks that are literally 2 feet wide in many places, barely any street level retail, and is chopped into pieces by freeways, rail yards, and MASSIVE bridges.
Milwaukee deserves more than 13th.
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