. . . and What is it Doing in a Minneapolis “Walk Score?”

If you are looking for a home in the Twin Cities, and use Edina Realty’s market-leading Web site, you’ll notice a new feature: each home now has a “Walk Score.”

Calculated from 1-100, the Walk Score is supposed to show how pedestrian-friendly the immediate neighborhood is, and map nearby landmarks and commercial establishments (groceries, restaurants, various services).

So, does it work as advertised?

Kind of.

However, when I ran a search on my own neighborhood, under “grocery stores” the first name to pop up was something called “Evangelistic Foods,” at 2729 France Ave. South.

That is very much a single family residence — not a grocery store; I drive by it every day! (if I’m wrong about that, Minneapolis zoning would sure like to know).

Mystery #2: how on earth did they end up so prominently displayed on Walk Score? (I’ve got a guess).

Just a hunch, but as Walk Score works the kinks out, you’d guess “Evangelistic Foods” goes away.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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