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Walk Score Gives Local Experts a Voice

We’ve upgraded our iPhone app and website to make it easy to share and discover the places that make neighborhoods unique.

Every day we hear from people telling us how special their neighborhoods are, pointing to their wonderful tree-lined sidewalks, outdoor spaces, nearby restaurants and locally owned shops. We’re excited to now give YOU the opportunity to share your feet-on-the-ground insight with all Walk Score users. After all, nobody knows your neighborhood better.

With Walk Score’s new, free iPhone app you can:

  • Share neighborhood gems including the local businesses, public art, architecture and green spaces you love, and comment on others’ pictures and reviews.
  • Identify and report walkability problem spots such as dangerous intersections and high-crime areas that you’d like fixed and share lists of these places to help drive local change.
  • View crowd-sourced neighborhood tours including maps, pictures and comments about nearby dining, coffee, groceries, schools, parks and more.
  • Discover new places and experiences by browsing recently added places by neighborhood or by individual contributor.

 

Completing the picture for people deciding where to live

Great neighborhoods are not defined alone by their Walk Score, demographics or other numerical data. Social opportunities, community openness and appealing aesthetics all create emotional attachment to neighborhoods and matter when choosing a place to live.

“Walkability is key to great neighborhoods,” said Richard Florida, University of Toronto business professor and author of Rise of the Creative Class Revisited. “Walk Score’s new tools help gauge the aesthetics and experiences of a neighborhood and complete the picture for people deciding where to live.”

Combining our quantitative scores, neighborhood maps, commute reports and lists of nearby amenities with crowd-sourced photos and comments is just the first step. More is coming!

Local experts: Claim your neighborhood

Check out your neighborhood and let us know what makes the places you live, work and play unique. If you contribute 10 or more pictures and comments within a neighborhood, beginning October 1, you will be highlighted as a “Local Expert.” (And, yes, if you add places it may change your score the next time your address is reviewed.)

Read the official press release and learn more about how local experts including real estate professionals, walkability advocates and travel organizations are using Walk Score to promote their neighborhoods. As always, we welcome your feedback.

8 Responses to “Walk Score Gives Local Experts a Voice”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    Is there an Andriod version of this in the works?

  2. Josh Herst Says:

    Stay tuned! Thanks Jeremy.

  3. J&A Says:

    Looking forward to the Droid version. Thank you!!

  4. Linda Says:

    Is there a way to post the neighborhood photos online while waiting for the droid version? We have a walk score of 94 and La Grange is a great walkable neighborhood in Illinois, we’d like to show it off!

  5. Josh Herst Says:

    Yes, absolutely. Go to http://www.walkscore.com/score/51-e-cossitt-ave-la-grange-il-60525 and click on the Add a Place link under the map. Thanks!

  6. Eleonore Says:

    Cant wait for droid version for my motorola.

  7. Shelley Says:

    let me know when the Android version is available.

  8. Jerome Says:

    We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

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