There's a new website that rates the walkability (and non-necessity of owning a car) in 40 American cities, tying into "rising fuel prices and the recent studies showing real estate in urban neighborhoods holding its value compared to the decline of suburbs and exurbs.
"The national walkability list is the first list that looks at over 2,500 neighborhoods nationally using an objective algorithm that identifies the closest grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops and other amenities near a given address. The complete list, along with an interactive walkability map of each city, will be available at walkscore.com."
A score of 90–100 = Walkers' Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.
And guess where Uptown ranks: 5th most walkable neighborhood in Chicago, with a WalkScore of 92. (The Loop is the most walkable neighborhood (98), with Pullman (44) and Riverdale (40) pulling in last, at #76 and #77.)
For a more detailed article on how a WalkScore is compiled, the Wall Street Journal has a good article on it, to which one of our faithful readers alerted us. Thanks!