A WalkScore shootout - Roscoe Village vs Evanston

Grand Bend at Green Bay, Evanston

Ask people what characteristic they most value in a city neighborhood and they'll often answer "walkability" or "pedestrian-friendliness."

City dwellers have been known to indulge a presumption that suburban neighborhoods are hostile to pedestrians. That prejudice imay be bolstered when they drive north along Green Bay Rd in Evanston and see scenes such as the above - the southeast façade of the Grand Bend at Green Bay development.

If walkability is what you're seeking in a new neighborhood, you may be using for an objective index of pedestrian-friendliness, i.e. walkable access to shops, restaurants, parks, pubs and public transportation.

Roscoe Village is considered by many young home shoppers to be one of the city's most.walkable neighborhoods, and Evanston is not on the radar for many confirmed city amblers.

We checked the WalkScore of Roscoe Village against that of 1228 Emerson in Evanston, the address of Grand Bend at Green bay. The results were surprising.

The heart of Roscoe Village - Damen and Roscoe - had a WalkScore of 85 out of 100 - "very walkable." Grand Bend's address, 1228 Emerson, had a WalkScore of 92 - a "walker's paradise."

Disclosure: Grand Bend is an advertising client of my firm's.

Update: carfree chicago has a great list of other suburbs with walkable locations near Metra stops.

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