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 a firm believer in walkability being a solution for a lot of our modern problems, and this coty reviews a 10 step solution in designing more walkable cities. Not surprisingly, some of this was a bit tedious to me but because of a lack citu interest on my part. It is books like this that make we think that all is not lost for American cities, and provides a glimpse of hope for the future.

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He even has some evidence that roads narrowed from 3 lanes to 2 lanes actually still carry the same amount of traffic. And then Jeff will take your questions live. People walking creates action, and interactions, which is good for business, quality-of-life, and the reputation of the city. Chuck Marohn opined in Building Strong Towns that in certain instances, solutions to our cities’ fiscal problems weren’t possible: 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.

Some good stories about successful examples.

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Parking places cost tens of thousands of dollars each, and we all demand that they be provided such that usage is free. This ensures that jwff 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.


These three issues—wealth, health, and sustainability—are, jeeff 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.

And that’s okay p.

Policy should not just focus on ‘green gimmicks’ like hybrid cars. But following these steps everywhere would bankrupt most cities p. The sidewalks need not be wide to make a safe zone. It’s hard for me to be objective about this book. The book’s “ten steps” of walkability will probably all sound familiar to you, and none of them are really covered in depth.

The state always requires widening – which is precisely what kills the walkability of the town. That said, I loved this book. It’s just very, very unlikely p.

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. Some very interesting facts about cars in the US though, such as the car companies buying up trolley car firms in the past and scrapping them so there would be no public alternative to cars. Retrieved 4 December I leave it to the reader to take up the very worthy task of discovering those examples and benefiting from the wonderful walkable world of Jeff Speck.

Another great read, one that gives any city the necessary tools to create a good walk.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. 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!

The book is also organized nicely in chapters and subheadings so that you can start reading at any point. 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.

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I am a firm believer in walkability being a solution for a lot of our modern problems, and this book reviews a 10 step solution in designing more walkabl As a person who is really interested in the possibility jefc creating better cities to solve 1 social problems such as inequality, 2 health problem that comes from lack of useful daily physical jetf such as walking and 3 environmental problems that come from inefficient use of automobiles in our life, this book was basically created for me.

Induced demand is the name for what happens when increasing the supply of roadways lowers the time cost of driving, causing more people to drive and obliterating any reductions in congestion. You can’t fix everything, so look for some quick wins, every city has them. While the s oil crisis prompted European cities to retreat from auto-dependency, supporting instead cycling and passenger rail, the United States was ‘lucky’ enough to find new reserves With Walkable City Ruleshe translates those principles into a concrete plan of action.

Using the same amount of energy as walking, a bicycle cuty take you three times farther. The author also says that people using street cafes prefer to sit looking at parked cars than at traffic that might hit them.

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He borrows from David Owen’s The Green Metropolis for the section on cities’ environmental advantages, of course, and that’s a superior read for the why of walkability. We must transform disease-promoting places into ones that are human- and health-friendly.

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. Nov 19, Jonathan Biddle rated it really liked it Shelves: