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Maponics now providing ‘walkability’ ratings

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Mapping data firm Maponics LLC is now offering a tool that rates the walkability of neighborhoods, school attendance boundary zones, subdivisions, ZIP codes and other geographical areas defined by the company. The new feature adds to the firm's Maponics Context suite of data -- including detailed demographics info, crime info and school rankings -- around the geographic units Maponics defines using "intelligent polygons." “It’s one thing to have points of interest in an area -- for recreation, for culture, for shopping and dining -- but another thing altogether to understand how accessible they are," said Darrin Clement, Maponics founder and CEO, in a statement. "Walkability gives a geospatial meaning to the concept of ‘street smarts.' " "We have over 150,000 neighborhoods that we generate the walkability rating for," Clement told Inman News. Vermont-based Maponics generates walkability ratings on a five-point scale using a complex algorithm the company developed. Th...