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 am skeptical of this, however I do recognize that complex systems behave in non-intuitive ways, and his argument aligns with the speeck that traffic engineers make much too many simplifying assumptions treating a city like a simple machine instead of a complex system. Not every city can end up as walker-friendly as New York or San Francisco, but there’s spec that cities could do to encourage walking and Speck lays down a blueprint for how to do that.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There is a huge wave of us out there saying, ‘Yes, I DO want to make my town more livable, walkable, equal, and fun.

I did not see one single mention of parking, walking or public transport provision for disabled persons. Nearly every US city would like to be more walkable—for reasons of health, wealth, and the environment—yet few are taking the proper steps to get there. I was captivated by the very first page and read all the way through to the annotated footnotes which are quite interesting.

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 jefv binging on for the last fifty years. Making a street wider causes people to drive faster so it decreases safety.

All I know is that it is very real and that it has a profound impact on the work that city planners do every day p. In fact, while I did have a few minor quibbles with the way Speck made some of his arguments, Sepck decided not to describe them here–this book is so important that I don’t want to do anything to discourage anyone from reading it.


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

Lots of evidence for how trees make the streets safer and more pleasant. Price too low and you can’t find one when you need it. I’m not an urban planner, but I think the kind of cities he is arguing for are exactly the kinds of places I want to live in and visit. These three issues—wealth, health, and sustainability—are, not coincidentally, the three principal arguments for making our cities more walkable.

coty Most significantly, generalists—such as planners and, one hopes, mayors—ask the big-picture questions that are so often forgotten among the day-to-day shuffle of city governance. Speck doesn’t just talk about the benefits of walkable cities – he drills down into the details about what makes for a walkable city: Walkability studies, and “pleasant surroundings” studies are all too absent — we collectively seem to forget about those.

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I might add that every state D. Congestion dropped 30 percent in the toll zone, and typical journey times went down by 14 percent. The ONLY report universally requested for any city planning is a “traffic study. Mix the Uses III. The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core.

A comprehensive, well-researched, and opinionated book on American downtowns. Many cjty 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.

The three-story building sits on a flatiron lot and measures about square feet per floor. A few years later, the river’s ecosystem had been significantly restored p.

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

Retrieved from ” https: He writes with humor and verve, but with substance from deep experience. Although Walkable City eventually proves a work with muscle, it doesn’t start out that way. The goals are often clear, but the path is seldom sleck.


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Freedom for many in this jeft means living in walkable, accessible communities with convenient transit linkages and good public services Christopher Leinberger, p.

Castro street in Mountain View. 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. Of your interest is to learn every detail of creating a great downtown the stereotypical ones this book is for you.

Make cities attractive for walkers. Similarly, one major store after another has closed in Dublin city centre, because people can’t get near them and don’t like long walks carrying lots of goods.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. All the concepts currently promoted for good planning policy such as transit, density, mixed-use must all encourage and facilitate walking. Retrieved 22 October He has a number of examples where highways have been removed, and the result is a much nicer environment.

If you are thinking about pursuing urban planning education, then this should be on your mandatory reading list. Mar 27, Sandy Singh rated it really liked it. What kind of city will help us thrive economically? Finally, in the ultimate mass-transit payoff, I met my zpeck wife among the masses on a transit platform.

Jan 02, Keith Swenson rated it really liked it.