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Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: samintx
Date: March 23, 2013 07:24AM
10 most walkable cities for retirees

7:00 AM ET, 03/23/2013


Get out and take a walk. Good idea at any age, but particularly so for active retirees. In this list of most walkable cities for retirees, TopRetirements.com looked for midsize cities with populations between 500,000 and 100,000. Besides outstanding walkability, to be make the list, these cities have at least one other feature attractive to retirees such as a hospitable climate, ample recreation and parks, cultural opportunities, and affordability. Walkability scores were reported by walkscore.com. All of the cities on the list have a walk score of at least 60.

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10. Hialeah, Fla.

Hialeah is the sixth largest city in Florida with a walk score of 64. Hialeah is served by the Miami Metrorail at Okeechobee, Hialeah, and Tri-Rail/Metrorail Transfer stations.

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9. Pittsburgh

This is one city that's a frequent best place-to-retire destination, and its walk score of 64.1 is another reason why. It has multiple universities, high-tech businesses, and a compact center city set against the magnificent coming together of three rivers. At left, Pittsburgh at night from the Roberto Clemente Bridge overlooking the Allegheny River.

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8. Portland, Maine

This city in Southern Maine made it onto the list because it is such an interesting midsize city, and because of its excellent walk score of 65. There are coffee shops, restaurants, brew pubs and shops galore in the food-centric port city. Granted, Maine isn't particularly retirement-friendly and the winter climate is cold, but it's still a neat place to retire, says TopRetirements.com.

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7. Alexandria, Va.

Alexandria is an old city. The restored riverfront along the Potomac is one of the nicest walks you could have anywhere. You can walk to loads of great restaurants and shops. It has walk score of 65.4.

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6. Arlington, Va.

The government's strategy of concentrating much of its new development near transit facilities, such as Metrorail stations, has apparently paid off for walkability in Arlington. There are a number of mixed use and pedestrian-oriented urban villages, such as Crystal City and Rosslyn. It has a walk score of 67.1.

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5. Pasadena, Calif.

This beautiful City of Roses set up against the hills has a walk score of 67.7. It also has parks, Cal Tech, the Norton Simon museum, and the Huntington Library and Gardens. At left, the courtyard of the historic Pasadena City Hall.

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4. Torrance, Calif.

This Southern California city is nearer the coast than Burbank, between Los Angeles and Long Beach. The city has a walk score of 69.7. It has 90,000 street trees and 30 city parks. The city consistently ranks among the safest cities in Los Angeles County. The Torrance Cultural Arts Center hosts cultural events year-round.

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3. Miami

With a population of about 400,000, Miami is a city of many neighborhoods, and many of them are eminently walkable. Certainly those near the beach such as the Art Deco district are, and there are many established neighborhoods filled with history. The city was awarded a 72.5 walk score.

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2. Burbank, Calif.

Located northeast of Los Angeles, Burbank is referred to as the media capital of the world because it is headquarters to so many production companies. With a very high walk score of 73.6 it has a downtown, the Burbank Village shopping district, the downtown Burbank Mall, and many cultural institutions, not to mention weather that's virtually year-round walkable.

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1. Berkeley

This city on the east side of San Francisco Bay garnered the highest Walk Score of the group--81.6. The city has a main commercial district that stretches from the bay and up the hill to the beautiful campus of the University of California, at left, with many shops and restaurants surrounding it. There is also an abundance of great neighborhoods to walk through.
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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: March 23, 2013 07:38AM
I would have included some large cities. My hometown (NYC) is a great place for walking. There are various guided walking tours, or you can do a bit of planning and set out on your own. Combine your walks with a Metrocard so that you can just hop on a bus or train when you get tired. There are lovely walkways along stretches of the Hudson and East rivers. Great for cycling, too. Back when I was doing a lot of cycling, I got out to Staten Island, The Palisades, Roosevelt Island, Randalls Island, Prospect Park, etc. A walk or bike ride that includes a bridge will get you some great views.
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Posted by: eustacetilley
Date: March 23, 2013 08:04AM
Ka jowct:
You are quite right, NYC is one of the great walking cities in the country. In my youth, I spent several years on Staten Island, with no car or theft-proof bicycle. So I walked a lot. The North shore was my favorite: all of Richmond Terrace, and Sailer's Snug in particular, since there were still old sailers in Sailer's Snug back then.

I'm a little surprised that Berkeley made the list, since public transportation there is actually quite good, going back to the Key Line days. And does anybody else remember Humphrey GoBART?
Still, there is an awful lot of Berkeley to get through, before you get to Tilden Park. It's a fun walk, especially if you seek out the old NIKE Missile base.

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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: samintx
Date: March 23, 2013 08:26AM
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ka jowct
I would have included some large cities. My hometown (NYC) is a great place for


I have heard about the walking tours in NYC and seen video on TV about the tours. Looks great and I'm going to take a tour the next time I go to NY.
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Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 23, 2013 09:14AM
Sacramento has a couple of neighborhoods that are great for walking but the city leaders seem loathe to sacrifice even a tiny part of the driving experience to make it a world class walking/biking city.

I think the biggest problem with walking in Pasadena is that you are walking in Pasadena.



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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: billb
Date: March 23, 2013 09:26AM
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I think the biggest problem with walking in Pasadena is that you are walking in Pasadena.

great place to fork around though




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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: RoadToad
Date: March 23, 2013 11:23AM
This site is a great resource when you're looking for a place to live or just want to see how your neighborhood scores. Walkscore




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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: dmann
Date: March 23, 2013 11:36AM
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This site is a great resource when you're looking for a place to live or just want to see how your neighborhood scores. Walkscore

Cool site! My neighborhood (N side of Chicago) scored a 91.

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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 23, 2013 11:39AM
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Besides outstanding walkability, to be make the list, these cities have at least one other feature attractive to retirees such as a hospitable climate, ample recreation and parks, cultural opportunities, and affordability.

Some of those places fail when it comes to affordability.
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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 23, 2013 12:09PM
Anybody that bought a home in Berkeley 30 years ago and never refinanced will likely think the area is very affoardable.



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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: March 23, 2013 02:36PM
Walkscore is pretty much bogus at this point. They have a lot to do before their data will be accurate. Their metrics at this point don't mean a whole lot. Eg, my neighborhood they rate highly yet it's not. It may be walkable for tourists or visitors, but it's not walkable for residents. Locals don't need 11 places to get coffee within a 5 minute walk. The nearest things residents want to use - like a grocery store - are a ways a way. One require walking under a freeway underpass that is always a bit sketchy and last year body was even found there.




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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 23, 2013 05:13PM
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One require walking under a freeway underpass that is always a bit sketchy and last year body was even found there.





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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: hal
Date: March 23, 2013 05:17PM
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Walkscore is pretty much bogus at this point. They have a lot to do before their data will be accurate. Their metrics at this point don't mean a whole lot. Eg, my neighborhood they rate highly yet it's not. It may be walkable for tourists or visitors, but it's not walkable for residents. Locals don't need 11 places to get coffee within a 5 minute walk. The nearest things residents want to use - like a grocery store - are a ways a way. One require walking under a freeway underpass that is always a bit sketchy and last year body was even found there.

My neighborhood gets high grades too. Many things are very close by, BUT in order to get to those things, I'd have to walk in the bike lane of the busiest street in town for two blocks, then cross this gigantic road. Hardly ideal...
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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: davemchine
Date: March 23, 2013 06:08PM
Using that website my house scores 42. We have no sidewalks at all! No nearby parks, nothing.

My brothers address scores 34 and he is surrounded by interconnected parks, all the roads have sidewalks, and his house is about 50ft from a nature trail.

I'd say that website is worthless.
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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: vision63
Date: March 23, 2013 06:31PM
Everyplace has a walkscore of 100 if you get off your butt and walk.
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Re: Most walkable cities for Retirees....
Posted by: Speedy
Date: March 23, 2013 08:33PM
My neighborhood scores a 2. We have a pleasant walk 5 or so days a week of nearly 3 miles. We'll encounter a half dozen or so cars on our walk. Occasionally it gets cold.



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