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WalkScore Puts out a iPhone App and Site Overhaul

Congrats to the team at Walk Score for releasing a new iPhone app and did a major update to their site.

Features in the iPhone app include:

  • Share neighborhood gems including the local businesses, public art, architecture and green spaces you love, and comment on others’ pictures and reviews.
  • Identify and report walkability problem spots such as dangerous intersections and high-crime areas that you’d like fixed and share lists of these places to help drive local change.
  • View crowd-sourced neighborhood tours including maps, pictures and comments about nearby dining, coffee, groceries, schools, parks and more.
  • Discover new places and experiences by browsing recently added places by neighborhood or by individual contributor.

As a result – they are getting content like this, which is not content you’ll find anywhere else yet exactly the hidden gems consumers are interested in.

It’s just been awhile since I’ve visited the site — but I absolutely love what Walk Score has been up to regarding highlighting what makes neighborhoods, hyper neighborhoods, (and houses) unique. They have my demographic – no car, willing to pay anything to live in the right area, want to be within walking distance to bars, grocery stores, and friends -absolutely nailed. Options like this are exactly what I will want when I go down the path of renting a place (once I figure out where I want to live):

I happen to know of a few other cool features in the works that cater toward those who want to drive less (since I no longer have a car, I’m in that camp) – so certainly looking forward to seeing those launch later this year.

It seems Block Avenue (just launched) and Walk Score are going to be competing in this hyper hyper local space for the foreseeable future. I’m friends with both Tony at Block Avenue and Matt and Josh at Walk Score — so I won’t take sides on this one 🙂

About Drew Meyers

Founder of Geek Estate Blog / Geek Estate Labs. Zillow Alum. Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.

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  • The crime in a neighbourhood really needed to be added. This is something that is in demand from consumers and I’m glad that Walk Score has implemented it. They are such an amazing resource.

  • maria

    I use Firefox and the changes that were made to walkscore.com when they changed the site for the iPhone app pretty much ruined the site for me. It used to be browser friendly and I could check off all the various amenities I wanted displayed on the map, and now I can only see one category at a time and have to keep going back to the previous page to see something else. I hate when programmers make things worse and call it progress. Maybe for those who use iPhones it is, but for me it’s a giant step backward.

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