Downtown Ranked As LA's Most Walkable Neighborhood

Walk Score's 2014 report ranks Downtown as Los Angeles' most walkable neighborhood, also with high marks for public transportation and biking. 

Los Angeles has always touted a reputation as a “car city,” but transit upgrades and denser development have slowly been changing that image.

The 2014 City and Neighborhood report from Walk Score shows that L.A. ranks only 13th on a list of the most walkable large cities in the U.S. — but the good news is that Downtown tops all L.A. neighborhoods with stellar marks for walking, transit and biking.

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Downtown scored 93/99/69 on those three categories, respectively, beating out Chinatown (91/92/51) and Koreatown (90/79/64) for the No. 1 slot. The report highlights Downtown's "world-class public transportation" and density of dining options: People in Downtown can walk to an average of 29 restaurants, bars or cafes in five minutes, according to Walk Score. 

The rest of L.A., meanwhile, has a way to go: its average walk score of 64 lags far behind the standard of No. 1 New York (88) and No. 2 San Francisco (84).

That also goes for transit and biking in the city, with L.A. only garnering scores of 49 and 54, respectively. And on average, people in L.A. can walk to just two restaurants, bars or cafes in five minutes, according to the report. 

For more details, go to walkscore.com.

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