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Walkable City

How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at A Time
Speck, Jeff (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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."--Jacket.
Authors: Speck, Jeff
Title: Walkable city
how downtown can save America, one step at a time
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 312 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: 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: Step 1: Put cars in their place, Step 2: Mix the uses, Step 3: Get the parking right, Step 4: Let transit work ; The safe walk: Step 5: Protect the pedestrian, Step 6: Welcome bikes ; The comfortable walk: Step 7: Shape the spaces, Step 8 : Plant trees ; The interesting walk: Step 9: Make friendly and unique faces, Step 10: Pick your winners.
Summary: "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."--Jacket.
Local Note: 53 56 57 60 62 67 74 79 82 113 118 148 198 210 211 226 242 263 274
ISBN: 9780374285814
0374285810
Statement of Responsibility: Jeff Speck
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-293) and indexes.
Subject Headings: Central business districts United States Planning. Pedestrian areas United States Planning. Urban renewal United States. City planning United States.
Topical Term: Central business districts
Pedestrian areas
Urban renewal
City planning
LCCN: 2012018934
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Apr 30, 2014
  • paprplanes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book, and a great way to learn about how we can make our cities better places.

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