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New Book Pushes Walkability as Key to Healthy Cities

A book published late last year should be required reading for all U.S. urban planners. In "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time," author Jeff Speck equates walkability with a city's health, economic and otherwise.

Speck proposes a 10-step plan for making cities more walkable, from building a mix of destinations within walking distance, to investing in public transit, to constructing sidewalks that are not just safe but pleasant to use. These are variations on familiar themes, but no book in recent memory so thoroughly assembles scores of studies and analyses to create a blueprint for a more walkable future.

Speck is also the author of "Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream," which he co-authored with new urbanism guru Andres Duany.

Posted in Beyond Parking on Apr 02, 2013

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