Marquette Sweeps Sweet Sixteen in Walkability

By Andrew Seifert – According to a recent blog post, Marquette takes the top spot among the Sweet Sixteen in terms of walkability, beating out Wisconsin in the championship with a score of 95 – 91.  In what is becoming a tradition for the author, he obtains walk scores for the arenas where each team plays their home games, and then plays out the match-ups according to the actual bracket.  Marquette was able to win because of our playing at the Bradley Center, which is considered a “walker’s paradise” with a Walk Score of 95.

What is “walkability?”  One definition offers: walkability is “the extent to which the built environment is friendly to the presence of people living, shopping, visiting, enjoying or spending time in an area.”

Increased walkability is said to have many benefits including, but not limited to: weight loss, making a person happier and healthier, reduced stress, increased community involvement, reduced crime, and a decrease in automobile footprints.  The Walk Score website has additional information on the why walkability matters.  Interested in your neighborhood’s Walk Score?  Head over to the Walk Score website and type in your neighborhood or address to find its score now.

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