How walkable is your city? Here's a handy breakdown of the 2500 largest cities in the United States and how they rank against each other. Combined the cities have an average walk score of 43.
My hometown of Indianapolis scores an abysmal 37 (Car Dependent), but my new locale gets a 73 (Very Walkable). When we moved here I gave my car to Jerame's mom; we use public transportation, ride bikes, or walk just about everywhere. We've rented a Zipcar a couple of times for trips to the airport or Ikea, but that's it. You just don't need one here. When relatives and friends visit from Indiana, they're always amazed at how much walking you can do in DC.
Back home, we'd take the car four blocks to go grocery shopping and pack the trunk full of those plastic bags full of items; half of the route to the store didn't have sidewalks. Here I walk the same distance, buy smaller amounts, use re-usable cloth bags or a granny cart, and feel better about my environmental footprint.
How walkable is your city? Do you own a car? (Clickety to embiggen the comparison maps) Here's the news you need to know that you won't have to walk to get:
- Crazy birther Orly Taitz isn't losing her California primary race because she's a whackjob. She's losing because Republicans are prejudiced against white people!
- My friend and fellow NLGJA board member, Michael Triplett, has posted a heartbreaking and uplifting piece on his one year anniversary battling oral cancer. This is a must read. Go. I'll stay here waiting until you come back.
- Obama hasn't had one week of positive press coverage this year. Mitt Romney has. Ron Paul has received the most positive press, but also the least amount of total coverage. Damn left wing media bias.
- Cleve Jones was named a White House Champion of Change and will meet with President Obama.
- I hate eating alone in a restaurant. Apparently so do many women, but there's a new website that tries to help them find a same-sex dinner companion.
- Jonathan Capehart, usually an Obama cheerleader, has stern words for the President over the ENDA executive order. Chastising the Prez for the administration's political machinations, Capehart reminds Obama, "leadership is about doing the right thing when it is neither easy nor convenient."
- Susan Sarandon says her phone has been tapped by the US government and she was recently denied security clearance to visit the White House.