Stroll Past the Sex Offenders
recently ranked the country’s most walkable cities, and, big surprise, Houston wasn’t in the top ten. Yep, H-town came in 26th with a score of 51 out of 100.
But, after rating the availability of schools, shops, restaurants, parks and such, downtown, Montrose, and River Oaks scored as the most walkable neighborhoods in Houston.
We thought it might be useful to add another bit of criteria, such as, say, the number of registered sex offenders that would be milling around during your stroll.
Downtown, with it’s score of 82 ("very walkable"), is seen in a different light once you factor in the 64 pervs that call it home. Of the estimated 14,000 people who live in zip code 77002, one in every 218 is a registered sex offender.
Montrose scored a 77 (very walkable), and 46 registered offenders. Of its 18,875 residents only one in every 410 there is a convicted perv.
River Oaks (77019) also scored a 77. It has a population of 15,640 and only 21 pervs, or one in every 744 people walking around.
My own neighborhood, 77092 (W. 43rd at HWY 290) scores a measly 46 walking score, making it “car dependent.” But we scored way better on the sex offender roster. Of the almost 40,000 people who live in 77092, only 57 are registered sex offenders, making our perv average only 1 in every 701.
A quick scan of the list shows that we have a female among our registered offenders: 34-year-old Christy Anne Brown. In her mug shot, she’s sporting a big, goofy grin. Convicted sex offenders should be forbidden to grin, don’t you think?
— Olivia Flores Alvarez
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