The Birmingham Business Journal recently listed Walk Score's 2011 rankings of the most walkable cities in the nation. Homewood and Birmingham came in as Alabama's most walkable cities based on proximity to local amenities. For active and health-conscious home buyers, finding a new home in an active city near desired amenities can be as important as pricing and overall location. Below is the original article from the Birmingham Business Journal.
Homewood is Alabama's most walkable city
Homewood is the state's most walkable city, according to Walk Score's 2011 rankings of the nation's most walkable cities.
The Over-the-Mountain city with its Soho Square development and pedestrian-friendly downtown area had a Walk Score of 53. That classified Homewood as a "somewhat walkable" city.
Birmingham, Selma and Florence were the state's next most walkable cities. Each had a Walk Score of 40. All of those cities ranked in the upper "car-dependent" category, which means there are a few amenities within walking distance.
The rankings are based on proximity to nearby amenities.
The Magic City did have a higher Walk Score than Charlotte, Louisville, Kansas City, Memphis and Nashville.
New York, Boston and Philadelphia scored the highest among major cities.