North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 2012 | First paperback edition.
312 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-293) and indexes.
A general theory of walkability -- I. Why walkability? : Walking, the urban advantage -- Why Johnny can't walk -- The wrong color green -- II. 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 : Step9. Make friendly and unique faces ; Step 10. Pick your winners.
Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Making downtown into a walkable, viable community is the essential fix for the typical American city; it is eminently achievable and its benefits are manifold. Walkable City - bursting with sharp observations and key insights into how urban change happens - lays out a practical, necessary, and inspiring vision for how to make American cities great again.
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