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Long Beach Reporter Tests Out Walkscore

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Earlier this month, released their list of top walkable cities in the country based on neighborhoods within the respective city. Los Angeles scored ninth, but Long Beach got eighth. Press-Telegram Reporter Tim Grobaty decided to test out the theories and walk various Long Beach neighborhoods in an 8.4-mile journey from his home to his office using Google's new walking directions (for locals, he went from the "far Eastern territory of the Plaza, up the Los Coyotes Diagonal to the Anaheim Street Corridor to Alamitos").

Walkscore's purpose is to look into a neighborhood and find how much you can do, errand-wise, with or without a car. The higher the score, the more car-less you could be. For Grobaty, he just wanted to see if he could survive the trip and see what he found along the way. His wife warned him to not "go where the hookers go," and Google said to "use caution when walking in unfamiliar areas." As for any sketchiness, other than an empty box of condoms at a bus stop and one talking-to-himself weirdo, there was not much to report. As for walkability, well, he survived, but he didn't find as much stuff on the trip has he thought.