Walk Score is a unique Web site from Seattle-based Front Seat Management that promotes walkable neighborhoods and environmentally conscious living by calculating a “Walk Score.”
A score between 90-100 is “A walker’s paradise,” no need for a car; 70-90, “very walkable,” it’s possible to get by without a car; 50-70, “some walkable locations,” many everyday trips require a car, mass transit, or bike; and so on.
It calculates a score for specific addresses, which can vary (for instance, a walk score for West Cherry Street was 80 while a walk score for Maple Avenue was 71), but I played around by inputting just a town name, which in that case it seems to use the center of town.
It’s a computer program, so it’s not perfect; it can’t take into account hills or highways, i.e., Routes 1/9. And I’m not sure why Starbucks at Aviation Plaza in Linden is included in Rahway’s 74 Walk Score; surprisingly, less than 2 miles but that’s not exactly what I meant. And sometimes it can be outdated: The Flamingo Bar is listed yet it hadn’t been in operation for years and recently became a parking lot for Luciano’s on Main Street.
Walk Score is exactly the kind of site that can become obsessive (as evidenced by the list below). So I inputted some neighboring or comparable towns as well as those that Rahway likes to aspire to become, and others I found that scored similarly:
Metuchen, 97Morristown, 95Hoboken, 94
Red Bank, 91
Woodbridge, 86New Brunswick, 85Kenilworth, 80Manville, 78Roselle Park, 77Rahway, 74Carteret, 71Garwood, 71Linden, 68Iselin, 64Colonia, 62Roselle, 60Clark, 55Edison, 54