Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the... show more
Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at. Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick. In this essential new book, Speck reveals the invisible workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can all make the right choices for our communities. Bursting with sharp observations and real-world examples, giving key insight into what urban planners actually do and how places can and do change, Walkable City lays out a practical, necessary, and eminently achievable vision of how to make our normal American cities great again.
Publish date: November 13th 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Urban Fantasy
, Social Science
, Urban Planning
, Urban Studies
I debated about the number of stars to give this; I typically only give 5 stars to books that change the way I view the world. This book did that. I have read a lot of books about the green revolution and how to reshape the economy for a more sustainable world, but most of them leave me feeling more...
I really enjoyed this book and it inspired me to think of the layout of cities in a different way. It was nice to read it when I did, since we are thinking about buying a house soon, so this book will be something we keep in mind as we look. However, (and this is my gripe with every book on this s...
Must read for anyone interested in healthy cities. Very easy to read for non-specialists, but does not feel superficial or dumbed down either. Favorite part was the chapters on parking. Very sobering how much outdated and/or suburban parking requirements and road safety codes control the basic funct...