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Alameda Scores High on Walkability

High density advocates pushing to relax the restrictions of Measure A like to talk about how necessary it is to have high density to make communities "walkable." Yet, Alameda already scores very high on Walk Score’s walkability index – a 92 out of 100.

Even the mailing address for HOMES – freely published on their website – the chief proponents of changing Measure A, scores 69 out of 100, a "somewhat walkable." HOMES likes to point to Bay Farm Island as exemplary of the "problems" created by Measure A’s restrictions, but pulling a Bay Farm Island address at random from real estate listings, shows that a house in the 2900 block of Baywalk Road on Bay Farm Island scores 52 out of 100 – still "somewhat walkable" and within striking distance of the walkability of HOMES’ mailing address.

How about an address in Bayport, the "whipping boy" for HOMES’ complaints about Measure A? An address on the 300 block of Hollister in Bayport scores 60 out of 100, or "somewhat walkable." Now for something in the city’s storied East End, a low-density area with many single family homes on the 3200 block of Central Avenue? 74 out of 100, "very walkable." Or something from central Alameda, with low density homes on large (5000 to 6000 sq ft) lots? A "very walkable" score of 83 out of 100.

It seems like HOMES is trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.

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