Daily Archives: July 6, 2010

WOW WalkScore actually does work in New Zealand

July 7th , 2010

Long time coming….and not exactly 100% correct……. but still, Walkscore.com is trying.

...theyre trying.....

...they're trying.....

In these days of escalating fuel prices, public transit cost increases, car-pooling,  favored school zones, etc…its nice to know that there are some things that can be accomplished on behalf of your own form of public transportation……your feet!

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And that’s where walkscore.com comes in.

People looking to buy homes for sale in Nelson will really appreciate this. Come to think of it, it doesn’t just relate to Nelson Real Estate, it really relates to anywhere in New Zealand.

Utilisied by many stateside folk, its point of being is that it offers up a “rating” to whether or not your desired or projected new place of residence is classified as a “walk to …places” friendly sort of place.

Eighteen months ago I discussed what I thought about this concept, and hinted about its potential.

At that stage it was a USA only type of thing. Launched in 2007, by July of that year they had over 1,000,000 addresses rated.

Importantly though……certainly at least for us antipodeans, keep it in mind…….that they do kinda “gets a few things wrong.”

...not exactly 100% accurate yet for New Zealand....but trying....

...not exactly 100% accurate yet for New Zealand....but trying....

For Stoke, my home patch, it suggests that you can’t walk to most amenities and in-fact it goes so far as to suggest as much that Stoke FAILS on the “walkability status”, giving us a 45 out of 100 score.

WRONG. Couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Then again where does New Zealand….let alone Nelson rate in their worldwide scheme of things.

But…forgetting that minor inconvenience – overall my local fail is a minor thing because what the website achieves overall is just fantastic.

Little things “irk me” – like being told I have to travel 81kms for a bookstore, when I know I only have to travel 6-8kms at most.

Time has progressed and even if you don’t classify yourself as an “eco-warrior” you still really owe it to yourself to CLICK HERE and at the very least, try them out at least once.

Nelson does it …..again…..

To be frank, this is starting to become a bit of a habit…………

I am constantly telling all and sundry how great it is to live here.

So imagine my surprise….almost relief……when I realise that….the media that I sometimes scorn because of the credit viewing/reading members of my audience place with them in supporting their usual cynical views…………come forward today to say……something positive about real estate locally.

December 2007

December 2007

So from here on ….you need to make up your own mind.

March 2008

from a historical point of view

these headlines do show a similar thread………..

July 2008

July 2008

These sort of headlines…..

Sept 2008

well down here we’re getting used to them…..

....and again....

....and again....

…must be an unusual place Nelson……….

……..ok lets flick forward a year or so and investigate whats changed?

...deja vu?

...deja vu?

Nothing!

…and here above is how we find the local media reporting the situation in July 2010 in Nelson?

Hmmm…………?

If you have been following what I write here, you’ll know about this because I mentioned this a few days ago.

So……Nelson in NZ, the place to live in NZ?

PS: in case you are wondering there are a couple of headline fillers for that gap period in 2009 (although they do follow a similar theme)….just that I can’t find them right now.

REFs Choice July 6th

…and the manager wants at least six photos for the Internet listing.

Lets get the camera out...

Lets get the camera out...

Lets go then…..

2nd photo - just 4 to go now.....

2nd photo - just 4 to go now.....

Two…

just 3 to go now.......

just 3 to go now.......

….three down….

nearly done now...

nearly done now...

now for a different angle…….

just one to go now.....

just one to go now.....

just one more to go………..whew!

finished!

finished!

…..that oughta cover it.