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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Beck puts his finger on some key factors that form spek shape the cities we live in and make them what they are and what they aren’t. Trivia About Walkable City: In one area where I work, the parking charges are so steep that I only go there on a Sunday and park around the corner in a space which is free on Sundays.

New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and not many others, provide an equivalent or better quality of life for the carless p.

It even changed the way I view “sustainability”. There are great examples throughout the book that will entertain and educate in unexpected ways. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He adds that young people are not getting driving licences, preferring to live and work in walking areas.

A treatise on what makes an urban environment successful, vibrant, and productive while serving human needs. Similarly, one major store after another has closed in Dublin city centre, because people can’t get near them and don’t like long walks carrying lots of goods.

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. 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. 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.


But those were the days of cheap energy, of abundant petroleum being used by a minority of the world. Work, shop, eat, drink, epeck, recreate, convene, worship, heal, visit, celebrate, sleep: I didn’t think I’d make it past the first 10 pages or so but I’m glad I stayed with it.

If you want to try a A treatise on what makes an urban environment successful, vibrant, and productive while serving human needs. I can make an educated guess, but it seems like a glaring omission. Policy should not just focus on ‘green gimmicks’ like hybrid cars. It is what brings planeloads of Americans specj Europe on holiday, including even some of the traffic engineers who make our own cities so inhospitable p.

But following these steps everywhere would bankrupt most cities p. And that’s okay p. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in cities, and I would especially recommend it to architects, urban designers and Mayors. A great follow-up to Andreas Duany and the New Urbanist movement from the 90’s.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I feel like I am living in the middle of everything he addresses here.

There is no single document poised to have a greater positive impact on our communities and on the practice of urban planning than this comprehensive and engaging text. I leave it to the reader to take up the very worthy task of discovering those examples and benefiting from the wonderful walkable wlakable of Jeff Speck. Jul 22, Clare O’Beara rated it really liked it Shelves: The New York Times. It’s just very, very unlikely p.

Walkable City Rules

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. A beautiful book, with superb organization, layout, photos, and writing, Walkable City Rules should be assigned reading for every elected official and every health and planning class in America.


Great easy to understand intro to the basics if making a city friendly to people on foot. Mar 01, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great, for those w We’re told by the author, who is heavily anti-car, that American cities are designed around cars and have requirements for large amounts of parking per built unit.

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

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What most surprised me about this book, though, is how entertaining it is. The author even insisted on a street junction outside his home being kerbless, brick-tiled from one row of jefc right across the street to the others. Price too low and you can’t find one when you need it. The world needs this book so much right now.

That said, I loved this book. Since childhood in Dublin I’ve seen that wealthier areas cify to have mature trees in gardens and on roadsides, while poorer areas do not; why did it take this bright man until middle age to see this at the prompt of a friend? When the walk got to ten minutes each way I stopped visiting Dun Laoghaire.

Speck always associates making drivers slow down with goodness cty safety. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. We’re also told that Zipcars are helpful. Unfortunately I don’t recall their titles.

But what steps should cities take to become more walkable? Not surprisingly, some of this was a bit tedious to me but because of a lack of interest on my part.