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Do You Live in a Walking-Friendly Neighborhood?

One good way to keep yourself and your family healthy is by living in a neighborhood that has services, such as grocery stores and restaurants, close by. Other good signs for a walking-friendly neighborhood include walking paths, sidewalks, and public transit stops that enable you to walk part way. Is your house located in a walking-friendly neighborhood?


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julieulie julieulie 8 years
It's so walking friendly, I don't even own a car!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Yep, my current neighborhood (Rogers Park in Chicago) has trains, the beach, restaurants, grocery stores, bars, dry cleaners, parks, and pretty much everything you'd want within a 10-minute walk. We just bought a duplex in Lincoln Square, which has even more going on and is a little closer to downtown. We move on March 29. I can't wait!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
My neighborhood is very walkable, which is a huge change from where I grew up. I certainly see the benefits and drawbacks of both. The benefits to being in a walkable neighborhood are obvious; the only major drawback I see is that it can be very difficult to find a parking spot when I do want/need to drive. So, if I'm getting a lot from the store, I may have to park far away and lug everything to my car or apartment, which can be a pain.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
It's somewhat walkable... not a lot of traffic, but there's no sidewalks and lots of unleashed dogs.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
I live in Cambridge MA and it's basically designed for you to NOT have a car and walk everywhere - I love it (most days - the days I don't I take a cab hehe)
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I live very close to the park. It's get for walking and jogging .
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
Mine is pretty walkable. I can walk to two drug stores, doezens of restaurants, a subway, two gas-stations, the library, and if I'm really in for a long walk, a grocery store. I love it.
khrystena khrystena 8 years
My last neighborhood was not walking friendly, but we moved in December and this new neighborhood has so many trails that lead to many fun and interesting areas I didn't know about! I love the fact I can bike to the grocery and drug store and walk to 2 great coffee shops!
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
kind of, there is a little strip mall with a grocery store, a few restaurants, card store, etc about a half mile away. i use to take my younger 2 there almost everyday when they were babies, haven't even thought about that in years :) a few years ago they built a group of town homes not to far from us ,right behind a grocery store. at first i thought it was a terrible idea, but they've kept them up really nicely. there's a movie theater right there, several stores, it's on a bus route. you probably wouldn't need a car if you worked at one of the businesses there.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
I totally get what you are saying macgirl. I live downtown and I love walking to work and stuff, but you really have to be aware of your surroundings!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I live on a road that goes about a mile and then dead ends. It's perfect for walking since the only traffic is people who live on the road.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
i wish. just 2 streets in the middle of the woods. and driving off those two roads. is a windy narrow road everyone speeds on.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I live in a small beach community and it is very walk friendly. I park my car on Thursday night and normally don't drive until Monday morning. The only thing that I notice about walking as much as we do is people who drive suck. I can't tell you how often people make turns when we are crossing the intersection where there car is less than a foot away from me. I'm finding that I'm starting to get really panicky when I take the baby out for a walk. This has actually made me a much more conscientious driver.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
LOL I wish! This may be a major goal for me in life when I start a family...but yeah, totally don't live in a walking-friendly area. There's not many residential areas around the metro area that are walking-friendly - unless they're by the mall or some other major attraction. Or if you live where the ridiculously rich people live. At least in my area, our homeowner's association doesn't care to spend that kind of money on building walking areas because of the maintenance costs (graffiti, security, etc.) Until then, I'll be going to the gym...or the mall! Window-shop and exercise at the same time! :D
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
I'd love to bike to work but there's a railroad track between me and my building that I don't quite trust on a push bike. My safety >>> my desire to use my car less. Yay suburbs!
donnellyaa donnellyaa 8 years
The neighborhood where I grew up scored an 11! Yay for rural Virginia.
donnellyaa donnellyaa 8 years
Mine is! I have the joy of walking to and from work.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Not only is my neighborhood itself super walking-friendly (scoring 97 on, but I can really easily walk to a bunch of other nearby neighborhoods that also scored in the high 90s :-D I was raised in a neighborhood with a score of 98, and I can't imagine ever being in a place where you had to drive to get anywhere. I love it!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I do and I love it :)
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