The Perfect Home for Walking
First you should know that only a handful of entire neighborhoods in America have a Walk Score of 100, and they're all in lower Manhattan. That should tell you something about the definition of the term. It's the measure of the distance from your dwelling to everything you need and want to be near--from grocery stores and restaurants to schools and churches to banks, hairdressers, and entertainment venues. Even though there are no whole neighborhoods with a score of 100 in this or any other U.S. city outside of New York, there are individual addresses that achieve the perfect score. Urban neighborhoods in cities like Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle are full of such addresses. And at least one place in Michigan hits this pinnacle of walkability--our building, the Armory, on East Ann.
We love it. We get more done in a day than our car-dependent friends. We can walk to all the places listed above, as well as amble off to the Farmers Market, the U-M Central Campus, concert halls, and libraries. We can promenade along Main Street or limp off to a hospital. If we yearn to go out of town, the intercity bus and train stations are within walking distance. Our one car is driven about 7,500 miles a year, and that includes summer trips to Lake Michigan.
My brother and his wife, on the other hand, live by their two cars. Walk Scores of 1 are very hard to come by, but every single trip they make is by car (except when my brother rides his bike recreationally). They live in a comfortable house on a quiet street, but their suburban enclave's remoteness and disconnected street layout make for more frequent and longer car trips.