As I was reminded on a recent vacation, my driving skills are getting slightly rusty after almost fifteen years living in New York City. Sure I'd love to fill up a car trunk with groceries or cart home cheap furniture from garage sales, but I sometimes forget how wonderful it is to have almost all my necessities and amenities within walking distance (not to mention not having a car to take care of). I recently went online to find our my neighborhood's Walking Score (100/100 - w00t!) and realized that my choice of neighborhood is one of the greenest things about my lifestyle.
The Walk Score website is a great tool if you're considering a move and are making walkability one of your priorities. You can type in an address or browse their list of walkable neighborhoods in major cities (San Francisco is ranked the most walkable city in the nation, by the way.)
"What's Your Walk Score?" might just be the pick-up line of the new millennium.