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Website ranks Reading above-average for walkability in Pa.

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Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:54 pm

The 37 largest cities in Pennsylvania have an average walkability score of 56 on a scale of 0-100, according to a website called Walk Score.

Reading ties for ninth-best with Allentown and Wilkes-Barre, with scores of 67."> Being able to walk or catch public transportation to where they need to go is a big reason people are becoming more attracted to city living, some urban planners believe.

According to its site:

"Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle - not how pretty the area is for walking.

"Walk Score uses a patent-pending system to measure the walkability of an address. The Walk Score algorithm awards points based on the distance to amenities in each category. Amenities within 0.25 miles receive maximum points, and no points are awarded for amenities further than one mile.

The most walkable cities in Pennsylvania are West Chester, Lancaster, and Philadelphia.

The least walkable cities are Murrysville, Plum, and Allison Park.

Cambridge, Mass.; New York; Jersey City; San Francisco; Berkeley, Calif.; and Boston topped the list for American cities with more than 100,000 people.

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