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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I want LOTS of my friends and neighbors to read this book so we have a common vocabulary with which to discuss these concepts.

I’ve been going through the links in the book, nice site here: The last yards is the most important: The goals are often clear, but the path is seldom easy. Put cars in their place.

The automobile is a servant that has become a master From zoning changes to public transit investments and road repurposing to saving existing small-scale fabric, this timely and necessary book offers clear, concise, and step-by-step instructions for urban planners and leaders to transform neighborhoods for the better and reimagine their cities at a human scale.

Coming from Paris, living a fairly active lifestyle and having spent some time studying transportation and urbanism, I don’t need to be convinced of the importance of walkability. Correction for 2 18 Aug 02, First, check the forces that destroy it — rein in the cars, promote mixed-used development, and for the love of all that is holy, stop building so many parking lots. Everyone in city government should be required to read this book.

This page was last edited on 22 Octoberat Effective bus transportation enhances walking by decreasing automobile use and allows for residents to avoid driving to many activities. I don’t know what that is and we are not told. New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and not many others, provide an equivalent or better quality of life for the carless p.

Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. That being said, Speck makes that same admission himself and basically says there isn’t much to this book that Jane Jacobs hasn’t said already.


The Safe Walk Step 5: It is what brings planeloads of Americans to Spfck on holiday, including even some of the traffic engineers who make our own cities so inhospitable p.

We must transform disease-promoting places into ones that are human- walkagle health-friendly. Get the parking right What is not obvious, is the walkablf Drawing on examples and studies from around jefg world, experienced urban planner Speck convincingly argues that walkability is pretty much THE factor that makes or breaks a liveable, lovable city, and that improving walkability tends to improves the lives of all While technically “Walkable Coty is a book about urban planning which sounds potentially pretty dull this is a fascinating, entertaining book of relevance to anyone who cares about creating happier, healthier futures for human beings.

It’s just very, very unlikely p. Friday, 9 November – 7: I suppose he had to start making a strong justification, but if you already know you would like a walkable city, you could probably skip section 1 and move right on to section 2. While Mountain View is not a bad walking city, this does give me itchy feet for downtown SF or Portland. I guess I never really realized how much cars have come to control walkavle lives and city designs.

Walkable City Rules

The story he tells involves elements of psychology, economics, politics, architecture, spekc urban planning all combined with the fundamental notion that our society has valued cars over people. One important point that the author makes clear is that to improve walkability, you have to provide pathways that go somewhere, that is, are not just for exercise.

I am interested in discovering some lesser-known, smaller cities that fit the bill. Speck doesn’t just talk about the benefits of walkable cities – he drills down into the details about what makes for a walkable city: WashingtonDC Preview — Walkable City by Jeff Speck. What kind of city will be sustainable for generations to come? Parking places cost tens of thousands of dollars each, and we all demand that they be provided such that usage is free.


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Focus on Intersections XVI. If you are interested in what makes cities viable, this is worth reading. I did not see one single mention of parking, walking or public transport provision for disabled persons.

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.

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

He adds that young people are not getting driving licences, preferring to live and work in walking areas. Get the Parking Right V.

Walking to work, restaurants, entertainment and shopping are the keys to successfully transforming cities from drivable to walkable. Our goal is not to make cities where people can speed in and out of without delay. Many American cities blocked streets only to find the area die, and many walking streets have been reverted.

It gave me some things to think about. He recommends making cities more pedestrian friendly, having a mix of uses in a neighbourhood and increasing housing density, especially as older empty nesters move back in from suburbs.

Work, shop, eat, drink, learn, recreate, convene, worship, heal, visit, celebrate, sleep: Venice, Boston, San Francisco, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Prague, Paris, and New York–so walkable is what we planners call ‘fabric,’ the everyday collection of streets, blocks, and buildings that tie the monuments together p.

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