[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on January 16, 2013]
The differences between Clarendon and Tysons Corner – two communities in Northern Virginia – are readily apparent to even a casual observer. Clarendon has walkability, cohesion, and sense of place and Tysons has sprawl, confusion, and traffic gridlock.
Although these two places will soon be linked when Metro’s Silver Line opens west of Washington D.C., the similarities seem to end there. While a lay observer might quickly note these distinctions, qualifying or enumerating the differences between these areas has been elusive.
Enter some new metrics that intend to tackle this issue: namely, Walk Score and the more robust State of Place index. Both quantify and score locations in terms of walkability and proximity to amenities.