When it comes to new housing, St. Pete among top 10 most “walkable” cities

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Lace up those sneakers and throw on a pair of flip-flops!

When it comes to new housing like homes, townhomes, and apartments, St. Petersburg has ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the country, according to Redfin.com.

Redfin based St. Petersburg’s ranking on the city’s “Walk Score”, which analyzes factors that make a city “walkable”.

These factors include housing that’s close to schools and shops, complete streets, parks, and public spaces, which all combined to give new construction in St. Petersburg a walk score of 88 percent, topping the city’s existing walk score of 42 percent.

Other cities on the list include Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland and Boston.

If you want to see how “walkable” your city is, here’s a link to the Walk Score website.

If you prefer taking the “shoelace express” rather than a car to get where you are going to, you might want to look at settling down in some new digs in St. Petersburg.

“It’s got a great vibe, you are right on the water. It’s a great place to be,” said Sally Dee, President of Playbook Public Relations.

You don’t have to look at a website or a score to see St. Pete is pretty pedestrian-friendly.

“People are downsizing from these big homes in the suburbs. They are empty nesters…they want to be able to walk to where they want to get to…the millennials definitely want to walk. They are more environmentally conscious and don’t want to be driving cars,” said Dee.

“We walk the bar district, the restaurant district downtown, then all the way down to the Grand Central district,” said St. Pete resident Morgan Ballard.

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