When Chicago Bears fans head to Soldier Field most arrive without use of car.–They don’t have a choice because there’s just not many places to park. Greenies try to walk, bike, or use public transportation when possible, and it turns out that’s easier to do in Chicago than in Green Bay or Milwaukee.
According to WalkScore.com:
Walkable neighborhoods offer surprising benefits to the environment and our health.
Environment: Cars are a leading cause of climate change. Your feet are zero-pollution transportation machines.
Health: The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 7 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.
Chicago’s population densitiy and parking inavailability favor public transportation, walking and biking.
62% of Chicago residents have a Walk Score of 70 or above.
Chicago’s most walkable neighborhoods are Loop, Near North Side, Lincoln Park. Chicago’s least walkable neighborhoods are Riverdale, Pullman, South Deering.
95% have a Walk Score of at least 50—and 5% live in Car-Dependent neighborhoods.
Milwaukee’s highest desity areas rival Chicago’s walking scores, but many of the city’s areas have been developed and managed with the assumption that everyone will use their car.
24% of Milwaukee residents have a Walk Score of 70 or above.
Milwaukee’s most walkable neighborhoods are Historic Third Ward, Murray Hill, Northpoint. Milwaukee’s least walkable neighborhoods are Mill Valley, Dretzka Park, Golden Gate.
75% have a Walk Score of at least 50—and 25% live in Car-Dependent neighborhoods.
Many of Green Bay’s residents can walk to Lambeau Field, but the rural make up of the larger community leaves most people dependent on their cars.
12% of Green Bay residents have a Walk Score of 70 or above.
55% have a Walk Score of at least 50—and 45% live in Car-Dependent neighborhoods.
Until Milwaukee and Greenbay can compete in the walkability index, they will have to assuage their sorrow by playing great football. Everyone wins when cities help their residents live in walkable cities. Learn the walkability score of your city, town, or community, and even your specific address at www.WalkScore.Com.
Amy Lou Jenkins is the author of Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting.
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