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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So I was very interested in reading this book, recommended and gifted to me by my daughter. Cycling among Londoners jumped 20 percent and air pollution fell about 12 percent.
Yes, but he never mentions that this land is all flat. Speck hopes the book will be a resource that inspires cities and citizens to usher in an era of street life in America. Lots of evidence for how trees make the streets safer and more pleasant.
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck
It could have been what Speck claimed from the start it wasn’t, the next great book on American cities. Also, the book recommends building housing without parking spaces and charging to park on the street outside these houses.
What kind of city will be sustainable for generations to come? Between walking, biking, and our extensive Metro transit system, driving was rarely the most convenient choice. I am interested in discovering some lesser-known, smaller cities that fit the bill.
jef However the book is far from being that simple. It even changed the way I view “sustainability”. See all 3 questions about Walkable City….
What I didn’t like so much was that the material was occasionally dry and every now and then the author stayed on a subject a little too long. The author even insisted on a street junction outside his home being kerbless, brick-tiled from one row of houses right across the street to the others. Refresh and try again. Get the parking right Nov 15, Pat Rolston rated it it was amazing. A few years later, the river’s ecosystem had been significantly jegf p.
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BrooklineMassachusetts . The section on the integration of trolleys into the urban fabric is one of the best in the book, in my option, because Speck doesn’t see them as an magic if-you-build-it-they-will-come creator of walkability, but a fertilizer that allows downtown areas to flourish.
One important point that the author makes clear is that to improve walkability, you have to provide pathways that go somewhere, that is, are not just for exercise. Making a street wider causes people to drive faster so it decreases safety.
The fact that I created bookmarks which includes some of the footnotes is testament to how valuable I think his points really are. Speck introduces the principle of “Induced Demand” — the idea that if you build a bigger road, then more people get cars, and ejff roads remain just as full.
jef Jeff Speck is an especially able author and instructor in his field of architecture and urban planning. The author overlooks or doesn’t know an awful lot of detail that seems obvious and important to me. The better informed residents are, the more valuable our efforts in working with city council and city staff in supporting the ongoing development of a city focused on wealth, health, sustainability and yes — walkability!
Mar 24, Christopher rated it liked it. Like all great books, this left me wanting more and with a host of questions. Walkability studies, and “pleasant surroundings” studies are all too absent — we collectively seem to forget about those.
The long-time city planner and co-author of Suburban Nation has a handbook for making cities more livable that is accessible to ordinary citizens. Freedom for many in this generation means living in walkable, accessible communities with convenient transit linkages and good public services Christopher Leinberger, p. The last yards is the most important: In the United States, where most cities were young or as-yet unformed, the automobile effectively created them in its image, to its scale, resulting in vast urban, decentralized urban areas wherin auto transport was assumed to be the norm — and was, in fact, th For most of human history, cities were limited to the area that people could cover on foot within a day, but the advent of railed transportation and later cars expanded our range, and cities grew enormously, far beyond pedestrian access.
For most of human history, cities were limited to the area that people could cover on foot within a day, but the advent of railed transportation and later cars expanded our range, and cities grew enormously, far beyond pedestrian access. Quotes from Walkable City: This author knows his subject matter like whoa! I recently completed a master’s degree in urban planning and although this book was not mentioned during my studies, it is BY FAR one of the most valuable lessons in urban planning issues that I’ve encountered.
All of this is designed to cut down on unnecessary traffic, and he ends suggesting that congestion pricing charging people to drive in congested areas or times of day is a smart answer and worked well for London.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Despite all the countervailing pressures, it is fully within the capabilities of the typical American city to alter its relationship to the automobile in subtle ways that can have a tremendous impact on walkability–to welcome cars, but on its own terms p. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.