Downtown Memphis is Paradise ... for Walkers


A new website called, created by a Seattle software company, ranks U.S. cities and neighborhoods on their "walkability," or basically: How easy is it to live without a car?

So how did Memphis do? Pretty crappy. We ranked 35th out of 40 cities in the country rated for over-all walkability. The good news is downtown Memphis is rated as one of's "Walkers' Paradises," with a score of 91 out of 100.

I don't know about you, but my feet are "10 feet off Beale" with pride.

My neighborhood, on the eastern edge of Central Gardens, rated a 77. See how your neighborhood rates, complete with amenities map.

--Bruce VanWyngarden

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