My husband and I were bemoaning the fact the other day that our city is not “walkable”. Our city planners would probably ruffle their “feathers” over that statement, but bottom line is you cannot safely walk from one end of this city to the other. Not because of outside threats revolving around crime, but because of the lack of continual sidewalks along busy thoroughfares. For this very same reason Adam Davies has founded Walkonomics.com, which is the rating of street walkability by combining the views of large groups of people, local communities and public data, along with the “art of creating streets and urban areas that are pedestrian friendly”. Walkonomics has taken on the great task of “rating the pedestrian friendliness of every street in the world”. Streets are rated on 8 main criteria - road safety, easy cross-ability, the presence of well maintained sidewalks, incline, signage, good lighting, cleanliness, and relaxing as opposed to noisy or stressful. While the Walkonomics website is still in its infancy, and looks like what it is, a work in progress, it is still has the potential to prod cities into doing a better job of creating walk friendly neighborhoods and business centers in the future. Until that time, it is still just wishful thinking.