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During a recent lunch discussion, I and a few folks were talking about our Walk Scores. We came up with the idea of comparing our Walk Score now to the one where we grew up.

I might be hard to beat: My Walk Score growing up was a 2. Now, it's a 97.

What about for you?

If you're not familiar with Walk Score, it's a tool that tries to estimate the walkability of an area by looking at how many of different kinds of businesses are in close proximity. For areas with good transit and bicycling, it also computes a Transit Score (mine is 88) and a Bike Score (92).

At the lunch, some speculated that readers who now live in high Walk Score areas might fall into a few categories. There are the people who grew up in very car-dependent suburbs and hated it (like me). There are people who grew up in very urban places, say New York City, and didn't want to lose that walkablility. (People in that category may well have lower Walk Scores now than when they grew up). Of course, there are many other readers now who, for various reasons, might live in moderately car-dependent areas, but still can drive to transit or bike.

What other types are there? How has your Walk Score changed over your life?

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.