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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How many times have I heard suburban homeowners complain about the new apartment block going in — but density is what makes those old towns so nice! Between walking, biking, and our extensive Metro transit system, driving was rarely sleck most convenient choice.
It was almost like it was the latest Dan Brown thriller, except that jfef a Dan Brown thriller, this book was actually good. What most surprised me about this book, though, is how entertaining it is. Correction for 2 18 Aug 02, The New York Times.
Walkable City Rules
Not every city can end up as walker-friendly as New York or San Francisco, but there’s plenty that cities could do to encourage walking and Speck lays down a blueprint for how to do that.
I had gained thousands of dollars in transportation savings and also developed a deeper understanding of my city by experiencing it at a walking and biking pace. For Jeff Speck, city planner and architectual designer, the best adaption is the restoration of the walkable city, and in his first solo release Walkable Cityhe timidly explains why walkability is important before more boldly laying out a ten-step path to human-scaled communities.
The three-story speeck sits on a flatiron lot and measures about square feet per floor. The content and presentation make it a force multiplier for place-makers and change-makers everywhere. Must read for anyone interested in healthy cities. Please note that space is limited and questions will not be accepted in advance for this webcast. A treatise on what makes an urban environment successful, vibrant, and productive while serving human needs. 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, the only viable means of transportation.
And the parking lot beneath my apartment building charged a small fortune in fees.
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
These three issues—wealth, health, and sustainability—are, not coincidentally, the three principal arguments for making o 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. I am no urban planner, but I live here, drive here, shop here and walk here. You can’t fix everything, so look for some quick wins, every city has them. Jun 21, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: For instance, traffic lights are having to have a longer pedestrian crossing time here to cope with an ageing population using walking aids.
Speck’s humorous and low-key approach was an added plus. Retrieved 28 November I will never forget the two years I spent in Munich and how that contrasts with the rest of my life in the southwest. 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.
I can understand why housing and parking are both expensive in geographically cramped jefg. Following the talk, Speck signs copies of the book. Friday, ciry November – 1: The Comfortable Walk Step 7: This ensures that people like me, who drive a van to and from work at your house and need to remove all the tools every evening, and may tow a trailer, will never come to live in that neighbourhood.
I found it mainly a rant against the monumental buildings of “starchitects”.
Enjoyable, interesting, and helped me understand why I like certain areas as well as future insights into areas I would want to live in the future. Walkable Cities is a book to remember.
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Quotes from Walkable City: Effective bus transportation enhances walking by decreasing automobile use and allows for residents to avoid driving to many activities. Bigger highways mean more traffic.
So your plumber, carpenter, gardener, sparks, painter, tree surgeon, kitchen fitter, dog groomer etc will not live where you live, which pushes up the price of services. This is essential reading for anyone wanting to make their dity better. CDC, fully one-third of American children born after will become diabetics.
Those quaint old-towns of Europe. Coming from Paris, living a fairly active lifestyle and having spent some time studying transportation and urbanism, I don’t need speci be convinced of the importance of walkability.
I finished the book in a couple of days and have been so inspired that I’m attending local planning commission meetings and will fity more engaged and involved weekly. If you love your city, you will get this book, read it, and take action. Now I never shop there and nobody else I know does either.