Showing posts with label walkability. Show all posts
Showing posts with label walkability. Show all posts

Friday, March 24, 2023

What is your Franklin residence's "Walk score"?

Walkability is a concept and frequently mentioned in current discussion. There is a web site that calculates the "walkability" of an address. I have tried it and there are a couple of addresses I have share here. It is free to use so try addresses on your own. 
The overall walk score for the Town of Franklin is shown below as 22 (out of 100). And as the samples show, the average is purely that, an average. Some locations (Library) are higher than others (121 Grove) and High School (218 Oak St).
The web site calculates and provide the methodology for their results on the 'walk score', 'transit score' and 'bike score'. San Francisco, New York and Boston are the Top 3 walkable cities. Interesting to note that Franklin has no 'transit score'. Other than GATRA and Commuter Rail we really don't have a public transit option.
"City of Franklin Town

This location is in the city of Franklin Town, MA. Franklin Town has an average Walk Score of 22 and has 31,635 residents."

Franklin High School
Franklin High School

121 Grove St (site of a proposed 40B)
121 Grove St (site of a proposed 40B)

Franklin Library, 118 Main St
Franklin Library, 118 Main St

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Conversation on Franklin's walkability & insights from Worcester (audio)

FM #962 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 962 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the housing and zoning discussion with Brad Chafee, Melanie Hamblen, Cobi Frongillo and Dean College Chancellor Ed Augustus

Brad, Melanie, Ed and I were in the Franklin TV Studio on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Cobi joined us for the discussion via Zoom.

Consider this a continuation of the downtown zoning discussion from the “Franklin For All” project which is underway with review and discussion at the Economic Development Subcommittee Plus meetings that Melanie Chairs and for which Cobi is Vice-Chair.  

We were joined by Chancellor Ed Augustus for this session to include his insights as former Town Manager of Worcester, MA and the lessons from the Worcester experience that might be considered for Franklin. 

The recording of our conversation on zoning runs about 57 minutes. Let’s listen in.

Audio file ->


Principles of walkability: useful, safe, comfortable, and interesting. Watch the TED Talk with Jeff Speck -

Jane Jacobs writer and activist on urban design wrote her book in 1961  

Center for Living City is an organization that continues in the spirit of her work ->

Other podcast episodes in this series:

4th discussion with Melanie and Cobi included Brad (FM #942) -> 

3rd discussion with Melanie and Cobi included Joel D’errico  (FM #922) -> 

2nd discussion with Melanie and Cobi in December (FM #904) -> 

1st discussion on Franklin For All project -> (FM # 755)


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Conversation on Franklin's walkability & insights from Worcester (audio)
Conversation on Franklin's walkability & insights from Worcester (audio)