Ok, I really will get some work done today, but I've got to post about this because it's so cool! This site called Walk Score takes your address and gives you a score based on how many amenities are within walking distance of your residence. My score is 91/100! The average for my part of Big City is a little lower than that.
It tells me how far I am (as the crow flies) from our local hardware store (.17 miles), public library (.37 miles), corner store (.11 miles), great local cafes (our favorite is .39 miles), and more. It includes a few things that seem to be miscategorized (such as a dance theatre that appears to be listed under the mailing address but they don't actually have dance performances there). Overall this looks like a great way to evaluate places where you might want to live, and a good way to get to know what's in your current neighborhood.
The walkability of my neighborhood means that it is really easy to be car-free, and that improves my quality of life. What's your walkscore?
Thanks to Kent Holsinger for mentioning this on his blog!