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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The Interesting Walk Step 9: Freedom for many in this generation means living in walkable, accessible communities with convenient transit linkages and good public services Christopher Leinberger, p.
We all know it is the car ckty shapes our cities into sprawling Surprising amount of information on why our cities are formed the way they are, the forces that keep them that way, and some suggestions on how to change that. 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. Instead, Jeff Speck who also co-authored Suburban Nation introduces readers to many of the “big” ideas in planning right now such as parking policy see Donald Shoupbike lanes, transit, removing elevated highways, etc.
Under the right conditions, this creature thrives and multiples. It would seem somewhat mundane and obvious, but as aforementioned this is a book that touches on multiple disciplines and the author brilliantly builds the case for rethinking the design of our communities around people and not cars. The book focuses around the concept of walkability. Speck has much to tell about one way streets, bike lanes, street widths, lane widths, sidewalk widths, turning lanes, parking spaces, parking garages, parking fees, building height, building design, trees, green spaces, urban spaces, cars, bicycles and more.
I can make an educated guess, but it seems like a glaring omission. I’m definitely cigy who appreciates the principles mentioned in this book and it worked its magic, inspiring me to buy a ticket to NYC and DC.
Obviously, nice architecture is important, but you can do with wrong. 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. Speck doesn’t just talk about the benefits of walkable cities – he drills down into the details about what makes for a walkable city: Everyone in city government should be required to read this book.
With his new book, Walkable City Ruleshe establishes himself as the most helpful. The book also has a solid notes and bibliography section divided by books, articles, etc that makes it great for research. Right-Size the Number of Lanes X.
Beck puts his finger on some key factors that form and shape the cities we live in and make them what they are and what they aren’t.
The books draws on examples and preliminary research I believe from an EPA study that shows that living in a walkable urban neighbourhood spfck more “green” that owning a very green suburban home with a hybrid.
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Just as Suburban Nation was a fundamental book for understanding the problems of American urbanism, Walkable City is its complement, a comprehensive citizen’s guide for advocacy, giving people an idea of what measures they can work to effect on the local scale. Hardcoverpages.
So just dropping trees, speckk particular species, everywhere is not recommended. 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.
As Speck writes in this book, I had nothing to look at but miles and miles of homes, cars hightailing it past me sspeck supersonic speeds on wide roads, very few trees to shield me fr Living in Japan where many cities are pretty walkable, it’s easy to see how many of Jeff Speck’s ideas work. They can also make it impossible to see for a driver coming out of a gate. Bit by bit, neighborhood after neighborhood, Americans can restore their urban fabric and create a nation of strong towns.
But what steps should cities take to become more walkable? According to Walkable City, on page”Parking spaces under Seattle’s Pacific Place shopping center, built by the city, cost sixty thousand dollars each. But pedestrianising can go too far. Perhaps for that reason, the section on the why of walkability lacks teeth; instead of championing as the path to municipal solvency or better yet, dependable prosperitya solid approach given how concerned Americans are with financial strain, he lists three reasons: 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.
This book is fantastic.
Walkable City Rules
Parking places cost tens of thousands of dollars each, and we all demand that they be provided such that usage is free. Walkability studies, and “pleasant surroundings” studies are all too absent — we collectively seem to forget about those.
I never realized how many factors go into city planning–even for just one facet: These efforts and others like them