This week my guest is Jeff Speck, a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. His book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time was written not just for designers, but to also convert generalists to his cause. Walkability doesn’t
Publish Date: Mar 16, 2021
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This week my guest is Jeff Speck, a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. His book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time was written not just for designers, but to also convert generalists to his cause. Walkability doesn’t just impact city planning; it has huge effects on economics, health, and the environment. Jeff’s TEDtalks on the subject has been viewed over 4 million times.
We built our cities to accommodate pedestrians for centuries and they worked well. Now we’re building our cities structured around the idea of everyone driving cars and they are significantly less efficient. Separating the work, home, and hobby aspects of our lives through city planning has created less livable, less equitable environments. Jeff shares the ways our government and laws have made walkability more difficult and how he and other city planners have been working to change those laws and add value to communities. This is a slow process, but Jeff says every city across the US could benefit from a walkability report.
We remind listeners that there are sacrifices to be made by living in a more walkable environment, but the benefits can significantly outweigh them.
“You should have as good a time you can while you’re alive, while giving as good a time to as many others as you can.” – Jeff Speck
This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:
Life is about having as good a time as you canJeff’s skill in collecting and communicating ideasWhy sprawl is the worth thing we’ve ever inventedThe economic argument for walkabilityThe health argument for walkabilityThe environmental argument for walkabilityHow millennials living priorities have changed now that they’re having childrenWhy is America like this?Focus as a commodity and writing in ItalyWho is the reader Jeff has in mind when writingGetting your ideas out into the world – public speaking vs. writing books
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a TimeWalkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better PlacesSuburban Nation (co-authored with Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk)TED TalksColor of Law
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Visit his website – jeffspeck.comTwitter @JeffSpeckFAICP
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