New report calls Atlanta a ‘car-dependent city’

by Julie Atencia

Atlanta was recently ranked as the 22nd most walkable large city in the U.S., according to an analysis by Walk Score, a Redfin company.

Identified as a car-dependent city, Walk Score noted that Atlanta, which earned a Walk Score of 48, has a “modern downtown” and “lots of tree-lined streets that make for attractive neighborhoods.”

“Rail (MARTA) serves the airport and some commuter suburbs,” the report noted. “Many of Atlanta’s neighborhoods have that ‘small town in a big city’ vibe that makes it a pleasant place to live, even if you have to commute.”

The large-city ranking applies to municipalities with more than 300,000 residents.

Any city with more than 90 points in Walk Score’s ranking was deemed the most walkable and efficient. In cities with a ranking of 70 to 89, most errands can be done on foot. Those with 50 to 69 points means only some errands can be done by foot. However, scores under 25 points required the use of a car for daily errands.