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The Green Life: 20 Most Walkable Neighborhoods in the U.S.

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July 17, 2008

20 Most Walkable Neighborhoods in the U.S.

View Larger Map Last week we mapped out the 10 U.S. neighborhoods where people spend the least money on car-related expenses. If that had you leaping for moving boxes, check out today's WalkScore.com report on the country's most walkable cities and neighborhoods. Not surprisingly, the cities with some of the most walkable neighborhoods (flagged in green, above--zoom in to see more) also have some of the least expensive neighborhoods for transit costs.

Of more than 2,500 neighborhoods in the country's 40 largest cities, 138 scored more than 90 points out of 100 for features like a city center, density, mixed use, and pedestrian medians at intersections. Software company Front Seat designed the so-called "walkability algorithm" with guidance from Google, the Sightline Institute, and the Brookings Institution.

The 20 most walkable neighborhoods each earned 99 or 100 points. About half are located in Lower Manhattan. Two more can be found in San Francisco, the city that scored best overall. Neighborhoods in Portland, Washington D.C.,Seattle, and elsewhere in New York City fill out the rest of the list.

Tell us about your neighborhood. What would make it more pedestrian-friendly?

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