Who says nobody walks in L.A.?
In its 2011 list looking at the walkability of the 50 largest cities within the United States, WalkScore.com ranked Long Beach at No. 11 and Los Angeles No. 13. The scores are based on an algorithm that takes data from Google and other websites that plot streets, businesses and schools, and uses that information to determine how easy it is to lead a "car-lite lifestyle" in a particular city.
The cities are then given a score on a scale of zero to 100, with cities in the 90 to 100 range labeled a "walker's paradise," and those under 50 "car-dependent."
Long Beach received a score of 66.4 –- the best of any Southern California city. Los Angeles scored 65.9.
Walk Score most recently released a list in 2008, when San Francisco pulled in the No. 1 spot for largest cities. San Francisco slipped to No. 2 this year, and Oakland was the only other California city to break the top 10 with the No. 10 spot. New York topped the list.
Statewide, West Hollywood, Albany and San Francisco were deemed most walkable. The least? Mead Valley, Prunedale and Adelanto.
Costa Mesa topped Orange County's list.
"Walk Score gave the northern end of Costa Mesa a 70, and south Costa Mesa -- the area below Wilson Street on either side of Newport Boulevard -- a 71," the Daily Pilot reported. "Newport Beach, Irvine and Huntington Beach were all much farther down the list with scores of 57, 54 and 63, respectively. All three scores put those cities into the 'Somewhat walkable' category. Laguna Beach was given a 49, a point below the state average."
-- Kate Mather
Photo: Dog trainer Summer McDowell walks along Waring Avenue in Los Angeles in March. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times