A Walk Score is a numeric ranking that represents the walkabilityof an address based on pedestrian-friendliness and access to businesses.
While the entire city landed a score of 74, some neighborhoods scored in the 90s. | Photo by SEAtoday
Points are given based on the distance between homes and businesses, including restaurants, retail, and entertainment. For example, the proximity of The Capital Grille to downtown residences would earn maximum points for being within a five-minute walk(or about a quarter mile). However, The Capital Grille would contribute zero points to the University District’s walk score, since it’s greater than a 30-minute walk away.
Walk Score’s scale of walkability | Image via Walk Score
So, how does a whole city get one score? Seattle’s walkability score is found by calculating the average walkability of many residential addresses in a city, meaning the more Capital Grille + downtown neighborhood combinations, the better.
If you’re more likely to put the rubber to the road than make like Nancy Sinatra + strap on your walking boots, you’re in luck. Seattle only ranks slightly lower for bicyclists with an overall score of 71.
Walk Score’s scale of bikeability | Image via Walk Score
While our score is pretty decent, Seattle is still taking further steps towards becoming even more pedestrian-friendly with initiatives like the Vision Zero report and the Stay Healthy Streets programs.
In the meantime, here are Seattle’s top five most walkable + bikeable neighborhoods:
The Black Trans Comedy Showcase | Wed., June 22 | 7 p.m. | Northwest Film Forum + virtual | $5+ | Enjoy three Black trans PNW comedians with some snacks and raffle prizes, presented by Lavender Rights Project. 🏳️⚧️
Third Eye Blind | Thurs., June 23 | 7 p.m. | Chateau Ste. Michelle Amphitheatre | $50+ | Get a healthy dose of nostalgia with the band behind some of your favorite late 1990s hits like “Jumper” and “Semi-Charmed Life.” 🎸
Shakespeare Unexpected | Fri., June 24 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Unexpected Productions Market Theater | $15+ | The comedy troop will weave comedy and tragedy in this fully improvised Shakespearan play.
Bill Burr: Slight Return | Fri., June 24 | 8 p.m. | White River Amphitheatre, Auburn | $59.50+ | The famous Boston-based comedian has had several hit specials on Netflix.
SAM Night Live | Fri., June 24 | 7p.m.-12 a.m. | Olympic Sculpture Park | $250+ | Grab bites + drinks from some of Seattle’s best known brands and restaurants, immerse yourself in artist-designed games, and groove into the night with live musical performances. 🖼️
Smokus Pocus: A 420 Magic Show | Sat., June 25 | 7 p.m. | Jewelbox Theater | $28 | This “THC-induced” performance is an opportunity to really have your mind blown — whether under the influence or not. 🪄
Dungeons and Drag Queens: Pride Show | Sat., June 25 | 9-10:30 p.m. | Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. | $17+ | Several local drag queens nerd out as they embark on a special Pride-themed campaign.
If you’re tired of reading about other people getting rich in the stock market, this might be a good move for you. | Photo provided by The Motley Fool
If you’ve heard about The Motley Fool and some of its market-tripling stock picks,then you probably don’t want to miss their latest deal.
New Motley Fool memberscan receive a year of full access totheir stock-picking service, Stock Advisor, for $79 (that’s 60% off its $199 list price) — plus a complete membership-fee-back guarantee. Sign up below to grab the deal. 💸 *
After previously announcing a system-wide reduction in Light Rail service for expansion projects, Sound Transit said that only stops south of Stadium would see 20-minute frequencies. Stops between the International District and Northgate will retain their 10-minute trip times. Whew. 🚈 (Capitol Hill Blog)
A new proposal allowing community groups to request city funding for affordable housing recently passed the City Council’s Finance and Housing committee. The proposal, which will go before the full council on Tues., June 28, is intended to empower community members to have a direct hand in development. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Team Pure and Wild, a three-man Seattle-based sailing team, recently won the 2022 Race to Alaska — and by a longshot. The team finished the 750-mile race days in frontof the rest of the competition with a 44-ft, non-motorized monohull. ⛵ (Alaska Public Media)
Seattle Public Utilities will begin work this week on a major makeover to a West Seattle public trail. The project will entail a new walkway, bridge, art installation + boardwalk along the SW Kenyon Trail that passes over Longfellow Creek. Construction should finish in about six months. 🌱 (West Seattle Blog)
According to a report by CommercialEdge, Seattle had the highest office space sales in the US last month at $2.17 billion — beating Manhattan by $20 million. Our area’s ranking was largely boosted by the $730 million sale of Madison Centre. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
A Kirkland-based company that provides cannabis stores a way to accept debit card paymentsrecently raised almost $3.8 million. POSaBITcurrently operates in 18 states, including Washington, Oregon, and California, but now can expand to eight more. (SeattleInno)
Loving Room: Diaspora Books & Salon is opening in the Central District this August at 1400 20th Ave. Founder Kristina Clark said it will be a Black-owned, community-centered reading room and gathering space that honors diasporic culture + aesthetics. 📚 (KING 5)
A beauty message from our sponsor
Want smoother, firmer skin, fewer dark spots, and a glowing complexion? According to Dr. Steven Gundry, this one secret is more effective than any topical cream after the age of 40.*
Content marked with a * is brought to you by our advertising partners and helps make this newsletter free.
Well, Seattle — we’ve got 16 hours of daylight. ☀️
Yesterday was the summer solstice, which Seattle greeted with some nice, warm weather. If you’re curious just how big a contrast the seasonal daylight is for the rest of 2022, this handy graphic charts the path —there’s an eight-hour difference in daylight hours between June 21 + Dec.21. Enjoy those rays while you still can.
#DYK that your photos and quotes could be featured in our newsletter?
Editor’s pick: If you’re someone who pays close attention to detail, you may have noticed a new name pop up on our SEAtoday team roster. Lia Gonia is our bright-eyed + bushy-tailed new intern who’s already kicking butt here. In less than two weeks on the job, she’s already got two News Notes here in the newsletter — check out the Sports + Watch pieces to see her killer work.
Content marked with an * was created in partnership with 6AM City’s advertising partners. Paid content helps keep this newsletter free. 6AM City may also receive a commission on purchases made through affiliate links in this newsletter.