In Jeff Speck’s excellent new book, Walkable City, he suggests that there are ten keys to creating walkability. Most of them also have something. Walkable City Rules. Steps to Making Better Places. pages 8 x 8 full -color photos/figures. Jeff Speck. Paperback. $ ISBN: In Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time (public library), city planner Jeff Speck, who spent four years leading.

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Obviously, nice architecture is important, but you can do with wrong. Spcek it should be required reading for all mayors, city leaders and planners, it’s highly suitable for the layman, written in a popular, often witty style that makes it as entertaining as it is informative.

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I live in a small city that I believe must grow and attract more forward looking people as the pressures of scarcity boil and roil against the suburban drug we’ve been binging on for the last fifty years.

Not every city can end up as walker-friendly as New York or San Francisco, but there’s plenty that cities waklable do to encourage walking and Speck lays down a blueprint for how to do that. I’m already singing baritone in the choir sspeck preaching to, as a lifelong downtown Toronto resident – hard to see if this will hold sway.

Retrieved 28 November More data and statistics to support better design and human-scaled infrastructure. The Daily News of Newburyport.

Wa,kable 08, Bruce rated it it was amazing. Also, it never seems to occur to him that trees create problems – aside from windows being too dark, the infrastructure can suffer as tree roots buckle paving, tilt walls, break pipes, and tree limbs tangle in wires or obscure street signs, lighting and traffic lights.

Lots of good ideas here. It gave me some things to think about. As a speeck, while walkability benefits from good transit, good transit relies absolutely on walkability p. Another great read, one that gives any city the necessary tools to create a good walk.

Book Review of “Walkable City: I wish I could talk about it with someone, but I’m pretty sure most people’s eyes would glaze over if I started going on about public transit, bike lanes, and the amazing world of parking-meter policy. If you are a current planner, a politician, or an informed citizen, then this book is equally relevant for all.


These three issues—wealth, health, and sustainability—are, not coincidentally, the three principal arguments for making our cities more walkable. We live in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, a city that has taken a number of steps to make our city more walkable.

The better informed residents are, the more valuable our efforts in working with city council and city staff in supporting the ongoing development of a city focused on wealth, health, sustainability and yes — walkability! And in recent years, it has become clear that the increased zpeck of a neighborhood increases property values. He has a number of examples where highways have been removed, and the result is a much nicer environment.

Speck shines in execution, though.

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We’re told by the author, who is heavily anti-car, that American cities are designed around cars and have requirements for large amounts of parking per built unit. Yes, but he never mentions that this land is all flat. In the United States, where most cities were young or as-yet unformed, the automobile effectively created them in its image, to its scale, resulting in vast urban, decentralized urban areas wherin auto transport was assumed to be the norm — and was, in fact, th For most of human history, cities were limited to the area that people could cover on foot within a day, but the advent of railed transportation and later cars expanded our range, and cities grew enormously, far beyond pedestrian access.

Mar 01, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Walkable City should be required reading for holders of public office, city planners, architects, civic engineers, environmentalists, local business owners, people who work in public health and safety, people who work in economic development, and really anyone who This was fascinating. Some of his steps are less material, and more aesthetic like making streets “Places”.

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Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

Policy should not just focus on ‘green gimmicks’ like hybrid cars. Email Format html text.


The author also says that people using street cafes prefer to sit looking at parked cars than at traffic that might hit them. Rather, it is a simple, practical-minded solution to a host of complex problems that we face as a society, problems that daily undermine our nation’s economic competitiveness, coty welfare, and environmental stability.

Streets lined with trees, for instance, not only look appealing, but the trees make the street safer by calming traffic and provide pedestrians relief from the heat, although they do expose them to the occasional peril of nut-throwing squirrels.

The arguments have already been made, he writes: What kind of city will be sustainable for generations to come? You might be interested in his chapter on shaping public spaces, but even there the treatment is fairly superficial.

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck

Its a drug, the addiction to fuel, taxes, and the endless self-perpetuating expansion of roads and worship of the automobile. Many cities REQUIRE businesses to provide free parking — an addiction made into law — so naturally our downtowns are sprinkled with parking lots that separate the stores, and make it impossible to walk around.

Still and all, though, this was a great and important, did I mention important? The story he tells involves elements of psychology, economics, politics, architecture, and urban planning all combined with the fundamental notion that our society has valued cars over people.

The Global Grid R No trivia or quizzes yet. Will potential walkers feel adequately protected against being run over, enough so that they make the choice to walk p. I didn’t think I’d make it past the first 10 pages or so but I’m glad I stayed with it.

This is not a page turner, but it is interesting, especially for someone who likes cities, planning, public transportation, and walking. Get the Parking Right V.