Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time
  • Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time
  • Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time
  • Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time
ISBN: 0865477728
EAN13: 9780865477728
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 12, 2013
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 8.19" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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.

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   Every concerned citizen, community activist, and civil servant should read this
Really interesting discussion about the future of cities. Hopefully, ever the city manager, mayor, council member and concerned citizen has picked up a copy for themselves and one for their friends. He doesn't offer blueprints for cities to make themselves walkable as much as he does steps you can take to advance towards the goal of Portland. One of my favorite ideas start with orange cones rather than costly construction, to see if you draw people into areas before you unleash the city budget on transformation. Try small things repeatedly to see if you can develop something that sticks. It was really easy to read, and it was more enjoyable than I expected for a book on such a reasonably dry theme.
   Interesting concept
I've lived in or visited most of the cities described in this book. I love walkability, but the big piece missing is how to transport people to and from places without disrupting the walkability. Practical things, like getting the buses from point a to point b in a short time, so that people are encouraged to get it from their cars. I just felt that this idea was glossed over a bit, especially since so many people nowadays need to commute to suburbs to work.
   Great book
Walkability is particularly important in creating healthier lifestyles and economically thriving communities. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone interested in a new perspective on urban and suburban living.
   Readable defense for a Walkable City
I liked all the stats and references ''. Interspersed are a great overview of the issues and good stories and case studies. Great primer for designers, activists and sustainable living proponents.
   bravo for walkable cities
Mr. Speck reveals many counterintuitive facts that become the reasons why you feel uncomfortable in most American cities. If the author could design our cities, they would be pure pleasure for all!
   Enjoyable, applicable read
The book is often funny, and easy to read.
   A Bridge Building Narrative
Jeff Speck is a planner, but this type of visionary book is not always about data and literal interpretation of it. These are bridge building narratives designed to reshape people's ideas about urban development and creating livable cities.
   outstanding book
Not only for urban planners, but also for actual citizens of the United States. I don 't know how to make a book about urban planning funny, but he did. One of my favorite's. btw, I am not the author or the publisher, I swear to God.
   This book helped me figure out what I wanted to do for a career!
My cover letter literally starts with : While I was in undergrad, I read Walkable City by Jeff Speck and was able to communicate clearly what I loved about well planned cities, effective and accessible public transit, and good walkable neighborhoods. Since then, I have been working and for the last 5 years in the Transportation PlanningCity planning field, and I love it. After mentioning it and them saying that they hadn 't yet read it, I bought this book for my supervisor at work. Would recommend to anyone interested in the planning field or in the field of recreation.
   Must Read
Book of the Incredible is published. Well-written and very persuasive ''.