"Walkability" has been an avowed goal of Austin's city leaders and planners for some time now. So how are we doing? Well, according to WalkScore.com
, we could still use a lot of improvement. Using Google Maps technology, Walk Score calculates the "walkability score" of a location by taking into account nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc., and measuring "how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle" in the area. Among America's 40 largest cities, we ranked a paltry 29th, with a score of 49 out of 100. By comparison, top-rated San Francisco scored 86, and Portland, Ore. – a model for many of Austin's transit ideas – ranked 10th with a 66. Walk Score said Austin's most walkable neighborhoods are Downtown (90) and the UT and West Campus areas (both 87). Down at the bottom, Southeast Austin rated only an 8. The site will also calculate a score for your exact address.