Walkable City

How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at A Time

Speck, Jeff

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Walkable City
"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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0374285810
Characteristics: 312 pages ;,22 cm


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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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