Why we need them, how to build them, and who’s already getting it done around the country.
A trip to Italy reveals the physical, social, and even cultural benefits of walking. But coming home to the auto-oriented U.S. reveals something too: just how dangerous, difficult, and unpleasant we’ve made things for pedestrians.
Big money “pedestrian” projects are often not for pedestrians at all. Their real purpose is to serve faster car traffic.
There’s nothing like taking to the streets on foot to understand the place you live a bit better. In this spirit, the work of Strong Towns helped inform a program of “walking audits” at a Florida university that teaches students to recognize how urban design affects both the financial and ecological sustainability of our cities.
When it comes to creating strong neighborhoods, there are some valuable lessons to be had from slowing down the pace and seeking novelty in the ordinary.
Our neighborhoods, our cities, and our commitment to each other would improve if more of us lived in places where “bumping into someone on the street” doesn’t involve heavy traffic and a fender bender.
Walkable places are vital to health and welfare—and contrary to perceptions, they also reduce household costs.
We’re sharing the video and audio from our November 2018 live webcast Q&A with renowned urban planner, walkability expert, and author of Walkable City Rules, Jeff Speck.
Walkability is a word urbanists throw around, often with different ideas as to what it really means, or why we care about it. Let’s take a look at how safety, distance, convenience, and comfort affect it.
New studies confirm people are willing to pay more to live in walkable neighborhoods. So why don’t we build more of them?
Three dollars-and-cents arguments that definitively prove the need for people-oriented, walk-friendly places.
We hear it everywhere we go: people want, and cherish, the kind of complete neighborhood where you can meet most of your daily needs within a 15-minute walk. What will it take to create more such places in North American cities and towns?
Mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods have enduring appeal, are more financially productive than auto-oriented places…and we still don’t allow nearly enough of them to be built. A new study surveys the landscape of walkability in America’s large metropolitan regions.