We are always walking on sunshine in the Holy City. | Photo by CHStoday team
No. 99. Yeah, you read that right. That’s downtown Charleston’s walkability score out of 100 — making the Holy City a “walker’s paradise” according to the Walk Score’s walkability meter.
When we asked readers, “What do you think is the best way to get around the city?” a few weeks ago. We had an overwhelming response with 82% of readers voting for “On my own two feet (of course)”. We love that you went the sassy route.
A walk score is a numeric ranking that represents the walkability of an address based on pedestrian-friendliness and access to businesses. A city’s walkability score is found by calculating the average walkability of many residential addresses in a city.
Pedestrian-friendliness is calculated by analyzing features of an area’s roads, including the population density, intersection density, and the length of blocks in the area.
Points are given based on the distance between residential areas and businesses, including restaurants, retail, and entertainment. Businesses within five minutes (or about a quarter-mile) are given maximum points, with fewer points given to amenities located further away. Anything within a 30+ minute walk is given 0 points.
Trading in the walking shoes for wheels? Charleston ranks lower for bicyclists with an overall score of 80.
Something to note is Charleston as a broader area has a lower walk score of 40.
Here are the walk scores to compare Charleston’s surrounding areas.
Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition | Tuesday, May 30-Saturday, June 10 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Marion Square, King and Calhoun streets, Charleston | Free | Bring your walking shoes and check out the fine art through a beautiful walk.
Killing Pixies / Close Encounter | Tuesday, May 30 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Rd., Charleston | $10-$15 | Grab a friend, gel up your mohawk, and prepare for a night of dancing with some fun music.
Wednesday, May 31
West Ashley Farmers Market | Wednesday, May 31 | 3-7 p.m. | Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Ave., Charleston | Free | Check out the perfect way to support local and get out in your community.
Park & Grove Spring Market | Wednesday, May 31 | 5-8 p.m. | Park & Grove, 730 Rutledge Ave., Charleston | Free | Enjoy a seasonal vendor market and spend time supporting local business.
Thursday, June 1
Wave Therapy | Thursday, Jun. 1 | 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Lowcountry Artists Gallery, 148 E. Bay St., Charleston | Free | Take the time to have a look at calming photographs of waves from a Lowcountry native.
Young Professionals Social | Thursday, Jun. 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Flowertown Bed and Breakfast, 710 South Main St., Summerville | Free | Chat with fellow young professionals in the area to expand your network and career.
Game night at Revelry Brewing| Thursday, June 1 | 7-9 p.m. | Revelry Brewing, 10 Conroy St., Charleston | Free | Bring your listening ear to this music bingo night to have the opportunity to win a prize.
We’ve partnered with euphoria Greenville to give away one *euphoric* experience. | Image by 6AM City
Take a bite out of this, CHS. We’ve partnered with euphoria Greenville to give away one euphoric experience for a lucky winner and a guest to sip + savor during the best weekend of the year (September 14-17) in Greenville.
The euphoria prize package (valued at $1,400) includes:
Picture this: Eating fresh, local fruits and vegetables all summer long while supporting Carolina farms and farmers. Sound ideal? Enter: The Carolina Crate from Lowes Foods, a CSA (read: Community Supported Agriculture) box filled every week with local produce. Learn more.*
College of Charleston honors student Ansley Elkins received a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. This is one of the highest awards that can be given out in the STEM field and it was in our Holy City. (The College Today)
Did you know there are 71 music festivals within an 8-hour drive from Charleston? Vivid Seats recently did a data pull and looked at drive times in relation to festivals. Mia here — the results are pretty cool + worth a read. (WCBD)
I hope everyone enjoyed a safe Memorial Day weekend and had some time off of work. My story today about shark teeth stems from an awesome experience I had with Ashby Gale of Charleston Fossil Adventures. He has all of the tips and tricks to educate you on the fossils of the Lowcountry.