Author Jeff Speck on Walkability and the One Mistake That Can Wreck a City

In Walkable City, Jeff Speck writes that pedestrians are the indicator species of a healthy city.

In Walkable City, Jeff Speck writes that pedestrians are the indicator species of a healthy city.

by Angie Schmitt

What makes a city great? According to Jeff Speck, the secret sauce is, quite simply, walking. If your city is a good place to walk — that is, walking is safe, comfortable, interesting, and useful — everything else will fall into place.

Walkable City, his talked-about manifesto about healthy urban places, Speck lays out a simple formula for any city to become a pedestrian haven. “Putting cars in their place,” “mixing uses,” “getting parking right,” and supporting transit and cycling are a few of the 10 principles, he says, that separate the successful cities from the rest.

Link: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2012/12/19/author-jeff-speck-on-walkability-and-the-one-mistake-that-can-wreck-a-city/

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