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Walk Score moves to the very walkable Capitol Hill, WhichBus born here

Capitol Hill loves its pedestrians and public transit. Walk Score, which measures the walkability of any address to help urbanites find walkable places to live, just relocated to Capitol Hill — the most 10th most walkable neighborhood in Seattle with a Walk Score of 91. Meanwhile, Metro riders have a new app, born in the cafes of Capitol Hill, to help guide them on their journeys.

“We decided to move to Pike/Pine because our company is all about walking, biking, public transit, and great destinations,” says Matt Lerner, co-founder of Walk Score. “I think Pike/Pine is like the Brooklyn of Seattle.”

Walk Score has released a new a new iPhone app that lets users add photos of the best and worst things about the neighborhood. 

Lerner says the company has now grown to 10 employees. You can find the crew in the Hunters Capital-owned Ballou Wright building. We had a note about the building’s overhaul and techs-savvy tenants here in 2011.

For transit riders, WhichBus aims to take on popular OneBusAway by combining real-time arrival info and trip-planning capabilities without having to install an app:

WhichBus has both real-time arrival info and trip-planning capabilities so if you don’t know which bus to take, we solve it for you: Instead of knowing/typing in the bus route number, you input your starting location and ending location, and we spit out three routes and arrival times (when available in the city’s data) to choose from.

WhichBus developers worked in several Capitol Hill cafes while creating the site.

“We don’t have an official office, but the majority of the app has been built in Green Lake and on Capitol Hill, supplemented by weekly business meetings at the Starbucks on Olive & Summit,” the company’s Paige Pauli said.

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One thought on “Walk Score moves to the very walkable Capitol Hill, WhichBus born here

  1. As a resident of CH, I’d rather NOT to see our side-walks to be “taken-over” like the one at Pine and 13th. Walking space and a buss stop for extensive period of time do affect us.

    In my opinion, the Developers should be required to retain at least some (even if its narrow) space to walk instead of having us, who walk, to cross Pine a couple of extra times (for each individual development).