Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect with me on Flickr

Crystal City – A Walker’s Paradise?

[ 3 ] January 20, 2011 |

This is part 8 of an ongoing series about Crystal City.  Click here for part 7.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Crystal City?

For many, a labyrinth of underground tunnels and bustling corridors lined with shops, apartments and condos, grocery stores, and office buildings flash across the screen.  For the folks at, when they look at Crystal City they see a “Walker’s Paradise.”

Arlington has long focused on transportation options such as bike trails, ART buses, Metro rail, and most recently bike sharing, which you will hear more about in subsequent posts.  But with gas prices on the rise living in a walkable community like Crystal City is one of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and the financial strain on your wallet.

Did you know that the energy used for transportation to and from the average office building can use up to 140% more energy than the building itself?

Some apartment buildings in Crystal City have an annual turnover of 40% or higher.  Often residents relocate from out of town or from nearby neighborhoods.  If you were to move to Crystal City, how would you evaluate the neighborhood? Aside from giving it a test walkabout, the walkability of a neighborhood can be rated with a “Walk Score”. This only takes seconds and you don’t even need to leave your chair.  Walk Score works using Google maps, searches nearby amenities, and assigns an overall score based on proximity to the address you plug in.  The rating is given as 1-100, with 90-100 being a “Walkers Paradise”.

Arlington is committed to energy use reduction and Crystal City is an ever evolving example of this.  According to Walk Score, Arlington is ranked as the #1 most walkable community in Virginia. What’s even more exciting is that  85% of Arlington neighborhoods have a walk score of 50 out of 100 or high, and only 15% of Arlington is listed as “Car Dependent”.  As Crystal City redevelops, I am confident that Crystal City will come in at a perfect 100 out of 100 someday on Walk Score.

A few Walk Score examples in Crystal City:

Crystal Drive                     95

South Clark Street           88

18th Street South              85

Plug your address into Walk Score and let us know what your Walk Score is and where you live – in our comments section below!

Also don’t forget to check out WalkArlington’s walkabouts HERE!

Next, Part 9: Planes, Trains, and Canal Boats @ CommuterPageBlog

Tags: , , ,

Category: Green Building, Neighborhoods, subfeature2, Transportation

About Stephen Wade: View author profile.

Comments (3)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Samantha P. says:

    I live in Clarendon and my score is 83. This town is great for walkers. Thanks for this post. I’ll have to get down to Crystal City for a walk soon.

  2. TOMAS says:


  3. [...] Part 8: A Walker’s Paradise? [...]

Leave a Reply

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a Gravatar.