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The greenway system formerly known as Our One Mile…

Greenwood Park in progressProgress continues at the site located just between Tallapoosa and Coosa Sts., I-20/59 and Vanderbilt Road soon to be known as Greenwood Park. It’s one of the pieces of what could be described as a ribbon of green running through the metro Birmingham region if citizens push to see plans revealed tonight (Tuesday) realized.

That’s when the Freshwater Land Trust will publicly unveil what’s been referred to until now as the Our One Mile initiative during an event at the Birmingham Museum of Art. It starts at 5:30 p.m. The event will also include the formal announcement of the winner of the FTH’s Name our Greenway System contest – and the $1,000 that goes with it.

This is a possible game-changer in terms of how people live and move through our region. It’s also a good reason to take a look at one part of town where the pieces are already falling into place for this to happen over on Dear Birmingham.

A look at walkability in Birmingham (and Alabama)

WalkScore screenshotWalk Score‘s recent aggregation of scores for the nation’s 2,500 largest cities had us wondering just where Birmingham ranked. The site determines the “walkability” of any location based on how close it is to amenities like banks, groceries and restaurants.

We compared the city’s score (40) with those from cities that the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce visited as part of the B.I.G. trips taken between 2002-2008. They’re listed in the order that they were visited:

  • St. Louis, MO – 61 (348,366)
  • Baltimore, MD – 65 (652,670)
  • Charlotte, NC – 39 (564,023)
  • Nashville, TN – 39 (545,623)
  • Pittsburgh, PA – 67 (334,059)
  • Denver, CO – 64 (553,515)
  • Austin, TX – 51 (661,212)

It’s interesting to note that none of the cities listed above were the most walkable in their state, though they all made the top ten lists of their respective states.

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