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.
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Mr. Speck opens the book with the statement that is will not be the book of the year, and he did not fail to live up to this promise. This book, and Speck's philosophies, are plainly only for the benefit of college educated, wealthy people. From his mocking of a man though a stereotypical impression of gay man to suggesting that the only type of zoning that is of value is inclusionary zoning (a pc way to say red lining) because Aspen needs ditch diggers too Speck shows that he is part of an elitist part of society that cares little for the people and things outside of his little world. Speck's ideas cast all but the educated and wealthy to edges of visible society. No where in this book of creating walkable cities does he provide for elderly or people who have limited mobility. In fact the changes he would implement would punish the afore mentioned groups. An example, cross walks; to paraphrase Speck, The buttons walkers can press to get the walk sign, if a blind person uses this device, they can not be sure if the walk light has come on or if there is just a lull in the traffic. The second alternative is the walk sign accompanied by, as Speck describes it, the obnoxious bird noises that give an audible indication to the vision impaired that it is safe to cross. Speck's final solution is to just have no walk light demand button for pedestrians to use. His reasoning being that a blind person can just listen for the lull in traffic to know when it is safe to cross the street. Confusing right??? This is how the entire book flows. If it is convenient for Speck and the ilk he claims to represent it should receive funding and attention from public and private sources, and if it is not in the narrow view of what he deems to be good it needs to be defunded, scrapped, or punished through economical measures.I would be proud to live in a city or town that did not hire Mr. Speck or entertain his ideals.
I would only listen to an apology from Mr. Speck for wasting my time and money.
Yes, the bigoted impression of an overly feministic male has no place in any book. And by the way Mr. Speck, if you have to explain why when you do the impression you are not being a homophobe, then you are being a homophobe. Shame on you sir.
Don't waste you time with this book.
Fantastic book and reading