Access, Connections + Walkability

by Molly

Since we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about the connectivity and access between the CWDW sites, I thought it was worth highlighting their place in the walkability of Washington, DC as a city.

According to the website, Washington DC is the 7th most walkable large city in the US–a ranking based on the average walking or transit distance to things like grocery stores, coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants,…and parks.

What if we were to flip that equation, so to speak, and measure the average distance from the parks to their neighborhood features? This could be a way to quantify our anecdotal impressions of each site, including the ones that seemed most accessible:

like Fort Reno, with its WalkScore of 89:


and those like Fort Foote, whose first-impression isolation is proven in its WalkScore of 23:

(Clicking through to the full data pages about each site will tell you more about the score, and will map out the amenities that are located nearby.)

WalkScores aren’t perfect, and a site’s context isn’t useless just because it isn’t pedestrian-friendly. But this could offer another way to frame our on-site impressions, and could be another factor to consider as we design our interventions.