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Walkable city : how downtown can save America, one step at a time

Author: Jeff Speck
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Speck
ISBN: 9780374285814 0374285810
OCLC Number: 778422668
Description: 312 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: A general theory of walkability --
Why walkability? : Walking, the urban advantage ; Why Johnny can't walk ; The wrong color green --
-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: Step 9: Make friendly and unique faces, Step 10: Pick your winners.
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Bursting with sharp observations and real-world examples, giving key insight to what urban planners actually do and how cities can and do change, this book lays out a practical, necessary, and  Read more...

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"Jeff Speck, AICP, is one of the few practitioners and writers in the field who can make a 312-page book on a basic planning concept seem too short . . . For getting planning ideas into the thinking Read more...

 
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