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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Providing more and less expensive parking brings more cars and decreases walkability. My complacency has been replaced by their longing p.

Focus on Geometry XV. If a project turns out to be ill conceived or poorly executed, we will still be walmable with it for decades. Is this book going to just be preaching to the choir for me, or will I learn enough to make fity worth reading?

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

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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. The sidewalks jeeff not be wide to make a safe zone.

Another great read, one that gives any city the necessary tools to create a good walk. A walking street can work, but for American towns a better idea is simply keeping regular streets narrow. We’re also told that Zipcars are helpful. Making a street wider causes people to drive faster so it decreases safety. Speck introduces the book by explaining that it’s not the next great piece of urban criticism.


I’m definitely one who appreciates the principles mentioned in this book and it worked its magic, inspiring me to buy a ticket to NYC and DC.

I think my favorit This book outlines ten steps to making a city more walkable, and what it so fascinating is that many of the principles and their side effects are the opposite of what you would think.

People walking creates action, and interactions, which is good for business, quality-of-life, and the reputation of the city. 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.

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The Daily News of Newburyport. Perhaps for that reason, the section on the why of walkability lacks teeth; instead of championing as the path to municipal solvency or better yet, dependable prosperitya solid approach given how concerned Americans are with financial strain, he lists three reasons: Here are a few interesting quotes from the book: It’s hard for me to be objective about this book.

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. Friday, 9 November – 7: I grew up in the suburbs watching shows about the suburbs.

Sep 01, Jocelyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: I wish I could talk about it with someone, but I’m pretty sure most people’s eyes would glaze over if I started going on about public transit, bike lanes, and the amazing world of parking-meter policy. This statistic is particularly meaningful when one considers how the American landscape has changed since the seventies, when most American teens could walk to school, to the store, and to the soccer field, in stark contrast to the realities of today’s autocentric sprawl p.


But following these steps everywhere would bankrupt most cities p. Recommended for all laypeople looking to find out what to work on in their communities.

Aug 30, Yukio Nagato rated it liked it. This page was last edited on 22 Octoberat Although it should be required reading for all mayors, city leaders and planners, it’s highly suitable for the layman, written in a popular, often witty style that makes it as entertaining as it is informative.

Walkable City Rules

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. I might add that every state D.

Oct 18, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: This is essential reading for anyone wanting to make their place better. Sep 04, Hannah Reeves rated it really liked it Shelves: We know that walkable cities are desirable for so many reasons, including for our health and our environment. Some good stories about successful examples. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It even changed the way I view “sustainability”. He has a formula: It gave me some things to think about.

He also points out that parking requirements for development projects often make no sense at all when placed in the context of their location.