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

ISBN-10: 0865477728

ISBN-13: 9780865477728

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jeff Speck
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Description: A Best Book of the Year according to Planetizen and the American Society of Landscape Architects 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 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.     "Insightful and passionately argued" (Maria Popova, Brain Pickings ), 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."Refreshing, lively, and engaging . . . A fun, readable and persuasive call to arms." - The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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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