Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Boonies? The Sticks? Or Just Butt Fuck Egypt?

What's your Walkscore?


This site performs the nifty function of telling you whether you live in a city or not. (Yes, we need websites to tell us these things nowadays.) I apparently do. My address gets me the very respectable score of 86, out of a possible 100. Santa Barbara may have its faults, but pedestrian accessibility is not one of them. I can't imagine too many other cities in California so well suited for foot traffic, in fact.

Conversely, the address of the house I grew up in gives me a score of zero. Worse: the distance to things like restaurants, bars, grocery stores, movie theaters and the like are calculated as the crow flies. Thus, when it identifies the nearest such place — which, at thirteen miles away, is deemed "unwalkable — it neglects to mention that several hills and rattlesnake-filled gulches would separate you from this destination. The road you'd walk along to get there would actually
take much, much longer.

A good try, Walkscore.com.

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