10 Most Walkable Cities of 2011
10. Oakland, Calif.
Walk Score: 68.2
The Census finally put Oakland in the most walkable city conversation with San Francisco, but their shared amenities will likely keep them there.
Oakland has a fairly high concentration of walkable neighborhoods for a city this low on the list. Its Downtown, Civic Center, Chinatown, Lakewide, Old City, San Pablo Gateway, Piedmont Avenue, Waverly, Fairview Park and Northgate neighborhoods all rank among the top 10% in the country. Areas between Piedmont and Alameda and next to Berkeley are some of the most dense and amenity-filled in the city.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit system only helps by moving 100 million riders through the area each year, while commuter rail helps out another 1.6 million. The only problem is that those services and amenities in general tend to dissipate as you move to the eastern- and southernmost points of the city, where much of the 11% of the population that needs a car to access everyday items resides.Still, in a town often overshadowed by neighboring San Francisco and Berkeley when it comes to transportation and quality of life, these rankings are a well-deserved boost for neighborhoods giving residents many of the neighbors' amenities with none of the accolades.
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