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L.A. among most walkable major cities?

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The cliché about Los Angeles is that you can't get anywhere without a car. But a computer algorithm that doesn't deal in clichés has identified the cultural capital of the Left Coast as one of the 10 most walkable major U.S. cities -- beating out hipster locales like Austin, Texas, and Charlotte, N.C. Residents of those cities may beg to differ with the results, but an automated analysis of the walkability of 2,508 neighborhoods in the 40 most populous U.S. cities by the Web site Walk Score should at least get their attention. Walk Score seeks to promote walkable communities by helping guide the decisions of house and apartment hunters. Thanks to higher gas prices and word of mouth, the site has seen a threefold increase in traffic this year (see previous story). Parent company Front Seat is looking to collaborate with real estate brokers and listing sites, offering a Walk Score tile that agents can embed on their Web sites as a tool for assessing the walkability of nei...