We are walking our way up in the world.
Charm City, for the first time, cracked the top 10 list of the Most Walkable U.S. Cities in an annual report released yesterday from the smart, algorithmically minded folks at Walk Score.
Baltimore posted at No. 10—up from No. 14 last year—among large cities, with neighborhoods like Mt. Vernon, downtown, Little Italy, Seton Hill, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Hollins Market, Abell, Washington Hill, Highlandtown, and Oakenshawe scoring at least 90 (on a scale of 0-100) in individual neighborhood listings.
Scores at 90 or above are considered a "walker's paradise."
Overall, Baltimore posted a Walk Score of 66. In terms of transit, Baltimore scored a 57 (Charm City Circulator ridership continues to grow and weekend MARC train service to D.C. is scheduled to begin in December), putting us at No. 9 among large U.S. cities.
New York earned the top "walkability" ranking, followed by San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, and Oakland.
According to Walk Score, to calculate the rankings, more than 10 million locations were scored by computing over 2 billion walking routes for 2,500 cities and more than 10,000 neighborhoods.
Baltimore's report card can be found here—with scores for some 234 different Baltimore neighborhoods.
Factors measured in each neighborhood included the number of walking routes, the number of walkable amenities, pedestrian friendliness, and the amount of mixed-use development.