What is a walk score® and why is it important in Portland?
Walk score® is a private company founded in 2007 that provides information on walkable neighborhoods all across the country and the world. It’s to promote walkable neighborhoods in major Metropolitan cities and provide an economic and environmental solution for health and well-being. Just about every neighborhood in the country has some sort of Walk Score® when you type in the neighborhood or address into the website. The higher the score the better that neighborhood or city is for locals, tourists, and visitors to walk to the majority of amenities and necessities.
Some cities are only accessible by public transportation, taxi, or car since most daily necessities are spread out too far. But that is certainly not the case for downtown Portland.
Downtown Portland has a walk score of 98 which is just about the best you can get. It’s considered a walkers paradise and daily errands do not require a car or even public transportation of any kind. The downtown area offers dozens of restaurants and bars, coffee shops, grocery stores and markets, schools, outdoor places such as parks and sidewalk cafés, and even lots of car and bike shares. The transit score is at 91 which provides a great access across the river to the Lloyd center, and other neighborhood surrounding Portland. But if you’re looking for the downtown walk score we are an impressive 98.
Here are some other downtown neighborhood walk scores® for Portland:
The Pearl district comes in at 95; Arbor Lodge is just 66; St. John’s landing is it 63; Tualatin is at 44; Beaverton is at 57; Tigard at 51; Lake Oswego is also at 51; Wilsonville at 42; and Hillsboro at 51.
See you can see that the downtown Portland area is ideal for those that either don’t have a car, prefer not to drive, and would like most of their amenities and daily necessities within just a couple block radius. If it any time you can hop on the Max line or other public transportation to get you where you need to go but for your day-to-day errands, downtown Portland provides just about everything.
Downtown Portland incorporates three distinct neighborhoods from the Pearl district, downtown, and Chinatown all offering a 96 to 98 walk score®. If you’re looking to live in the downtown Portland area, there are dozens of great apartment and condo buildings, lofts and town houses available. Feel free to give me a call anytime and I would be happy to offer you a free personal tour of the current listings in downtown.
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