Walkable City How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

ISBN-10: 0374285810
ISBN-13: 9780374285814
Edition: 2012
Authors: Jeff Speck
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Description: Jeff Speck has spent his career determining what makes a city work, and he has boiled it down to one essential factor: walkability. For urban life to thrive, cities must prioritize pedestrians over cars. Six-lane highways tearing through downtown  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Jeff Speck has spent his career determining what makes a city work, and he has boiled it down to one essential factor: walkability. For urban life to thrive, cities must prioritize pedestrians over cars. Six-lane highways tearing through downtown must give way to crossable streets, massive parking lots must give way to pedestrian plazas, architecture designed to be appreciated from afar must give way to welcoming buildings. Making all of this happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing what needs to be done is the trick. Speck can show us the invisible workings underneath the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can make the right decisions for our cities. Cities have been recognized as the key to sustainable living. But New York, San Francisco, Chicago, D.C.—these are not the next great American cities, and they are not where the future of urban life will be formed. Most Americans live in midsize cities— Lowell, Massachusetts; Tacoma, Washington; Grand Rapids, Michigan—that need downtowns that are vibrant and appealing; they need to feel like the urban hubs that they are. They need walkability. Bursting with sharp observations and real-world examples, giving key insight to what urban planners actually do and how cities can and do change,Walkable Citylays out a practical, necessary, and eminently achievable vision of how to make our American cities work.

Jeff Speck is director of town planning for the firm led by Andres Duany & Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods & community revitalization plans, most notably, Seaside, Florida.

Prologue
A General Theory of Walkability
Why Walkability?
Walking, the Urban Advantage
Why Johnny Can't Walk
The Wrong Color Green
The Ten Steps of Walkability
The Useful Walk
Put Cars in Their Place
Mix the Uses
Get the Parking Right
Let Transit Work
The Safe Walk
Protect the Pedestrian
Welcome Bikes
The Comfortable Walk
Shape the Spaces
Plant Trees
The Interesting Walk
Make Friendly and Unique Faces
Pick Your Winners
Acknowledgments
Notes
Works Cited
Geographic Index
General Index

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