Have you ever wondered what the term “Location, location, location!” means when thinking about your apartment? Summed up in one word, it can be the concept of walkability. Walkability is a measure of how pedestrian friendly an area is. The rating is based on an algorithm that takes into account the pathways, sidewalks, and crosswalks people use to navigate their community, as well as, a measure of the accessibility to attractions and popular destinations. Walkability is most concerned with how manageable walking or even cycling is in a neighborhood, and also rates the cleanliness, clarity and flatness or evenness of a path where people travel by non-motorized means of transportation.
Walkability: Urban vs Suburb
With all this in mind, it is easy to see why urban areas are considered more walkable and therefore have better, higher walkability scores than suburban areas. Think about it this way: whether someone is in a wheelchair, biking or rollerblading to a grocery store 3 blocks from their homes, they should all have the ability to travel on the same streets without issue. Rocks and potholes shouldn’t create uneven terrain to cross. The crosswalks should also have signs that let them know how much time remains for them to safely cross the street. When these factors exist harmoniously in one neighborhood, the walkability score soars! This also helps residents feel a connection to their community because they can easily travel without taking a car or even public transit to get to their destination.
Philadelphia’s Walkability Score
The city of Philadelphia was named the 4th most walkable city in the United States in both 2014 and 2015 by Richard Florida of City Lab (source: . For some neighborhoods in Philadelphia, walkability is a huge a selling point in encouraging people to live in or visit. We are proud to announce that the neighborhood our residents call home—Northeast Philadelphia’s Bustleton community—is rated at 77%, making it a highly walkable and easily navigable neighborhood! With access to even, smooth sidewalks, pedestrian lights at each crosswalk, wide crosswalks for multiple people or wheelchair access to cross roads and combined with multiple restaurants, shopping centers, parks, pharmacies and grocery stores just minutes away, Bustleton is a totally ideal residential neighborhood in Philadelphia.