New Walk Score tools provide more neighborhood insights

Crime reports, geospatial analysis of tweets are part of continued effort to go beyond metrics

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Walk Score is now leveraging social media and crime data to paint more vivid portraits of communities on its neighborhood pages. Social Neighborhood Tags displays words or phrases that appear most frequently in tweets sent from a particular neighborhood, and represents the first "geospatial analysis of tweets" offered on a real estate site, said Walk Score Chief Technology Officer Matt Lerner. Walk Score's new Crime Reports add a layer of sophistication to crime data presentation by controlling for population in rating a neighborhood's crime level, Lerner said. The features are intended to enrich Walk Score's neighborhood pages, which the company recently revamped in a bid to go beyond merely providing neighborhood metrics, like its signature Walk Score, to also capture the "qualitative and aesthetic qualities of neighborhoods," Lerner said. In addition to Social Neighborhood Tags and Crime Reports, the new neighborhood pages feature more media than the site's previous nei...