WalkScore.com’s website provides a service to those people who apparently don’t get out of their car enough to realize that they can walk (or not, if you live in certain areas) to lots of places for daily goods and services.
I like this website, namely because I’m about to move and thinking about a new city and where we can get the things we’re used to here in Polish Hill (which scored a 77 out of 100, btw): A fresh bread bakery, a good bar, a fish deli, an italian deli, an italian cafe, a great diner, a wholesale restaurant dealer, a classic 1920’s ice cream shop, a fabulous deli restaurant, several paint stores, a convenience store, several large parks, a city pool, a church, asian food markets, masseuse, yoga studios, a stipper club (I think — never been to Bare Elegance), and some cool boutiques/stores — and we don’t even live in one of the sanctioned ‘cool’ areas of Pittsburgh.
But I knew all that about Polish Hill already.
So this website is great if you’re checking out a neighborhood you aren’t that familiar with. One problem I noticed is that they don’t list all the businesses, and I don’t think you can add to their Google maps enabled site if you’re not the business (though I am not sure how Walk Score knows this about you). And there were plenty of things missing on their map, though it did give a good cross-section of what’s available. I also credit Walk Score with the suggestion that Google Maps could add a “walking directions” function to their site.