Version Reviewed: 2.1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPod touch 4
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Let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute: driving sucks. It really does. Sure, driving some sexy car down the autobahn might sound like fun, but regular everyday driving is the worst. Fuel costs more than blood these days, there’s traffic everywhere, and there’s always the chance that some idiot driver or pedestrian could cause sudden onset vehicular manslaughter. Though, prison isn’t so bad. You can make sangria in the toilet. Of course, it’s shank or be shanked. But why worry about that when it’s possible to be that stupid pedestrian who deserves to get hit, able to get around by living in a walkable neighborhood? That’s what Walk Score is for
The app, using the Walk Score service, calculates a score of 0-100 that rates how well a place could be lived in without a car, primarily by walking. This is based on nearby stores, restaurants, and other places that make an area possible to live in without a car. It’s possible to see the Walk Score based on current location, or based on searching for an address. Then, a list of nearby places can be viewed either on the map or on a list, which includes nearby public transportation. Any place listed in Walk Score offers directions, and a link to the Yelp page where applicable. The app has a second use: finding places to rent. It offers a handy map of available rentals, including ones from Craigslist, and it shows the Walk Score for each place. It's possible to narrow down based on factors like price, proximity to transit, and by minimum Walk Score, of course.
The only thing that really annoys me about the app is that while it shows places like restaurants and stores nearby, it only shows about a dozen or so listings for each category. Also, the app needs iPad support, us tablet owners want to walk too! For either current or aspiring city-dwellers who want to see what’s around them, Walk Score is a free download well worth making for this app’s convenience.