From Greater Greater Washington… sorry for not posting this sooner. You can still catch the second day, Sunday, of the special walking tours of Washington, D.C. This link opens a PDF map of the walking tours: walkingtownfall08
This weekend is WalkingTown DC, full of free walking (and biking) tours all across the city.
Here are some of the tours that catch my eye. Except for the Florida Market one, I haven’t been on them, so I can’t vouch for them. Still, it’s hard to go wrong with a WalkingTown tour.
Explore Florida Market: I went on this tour last winter, hosted by Richard Layman and Frozen Tropics. It’s a glimpse of a side of DC most people never see. You tour DC’s largest functioning wholesale food market and see the stores that also sell retail, where you can buy food items just like the restaurants do. It’s also facing substantial development pressure. Will new mixed-use development be able to coexist with a working wholesale market? 9-11 am at New York Ave Metro (outside Florida Ave exit).
I’ve seen this subject discussed a number of places lately… the walkability of cities and neighborhoods and residents’ ability to live without a car. After reading a post at dcist.com (below), I went to Walk Score and typed in 1620 15th Street NW, the geographic center of Borderstan. Our score is 98 — a “Walker’s Paradise.” Of course, I didn’t need Walk Score to tell me that.
“We’ve talked about D.C.’s walkability before a bit, but have yet to delve into the implications of the online tool at Walkscore.com, which rates the walkability of cities and neighborhoods around the country. Walkscore launched in late May, and many other local bloggers noted the site then.
The online tool allows you to plug in your own address in order to receive a “walkability score” based on the closeness of amenities like grocery stores, bars and restaurants, parks, and so on. According to their rankings, D.C. is the seventh most walkable city in the country, behind the usual suspects like San Francisco and New York (which makes a lot more sense than this ranking). They rank Dupont Circle as the most walkable neighborhood in the city, with a 99 out of 100 score. Dupont is also the 17th most walkable in the nation – take that, Center City Philadelphia! Adams Morgan, Logan Circle, Downtown, and 6 other neighborhoods rank as “walkers’ paradises” with scores of 90 or above.” [emphasis mine]
Read entire post at dcist.