Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places (Paperback)
—David Owen, staff writer at the New Yorker
Nearly every US city would like to be more walkable—for reasons of health, wealth, and the environment—yet few are taking the proper steps to get there. The goals are often clear, but the path is seldom easy. Jeff Speck’s follow-up to his bestselling Walkable City is the resource that cities and citizens need to usher in an era of renewed street life. Walkable City Rules is a doer’s guide to making change in cities, and making it now.
The 101 rules are practical yet engaging—worded for arguments at the planning commission, illustrated for clarity, and packed with specifications as well as data. For ease of use, the rules are grouped into 19 chapters that cover everything from selling walkability, to getting the parking right, escaping automobilism, making comfortable spaces and interesting places, and doing it now!
Walkable City was written to inspire; Walkable City Rules was written to enable. It is the most comprehensive tool available for bringing the latest and most effective city-planning practices to bear in your community. The content and presentation make it a force multiplier for place-makers and change-makers everywhere.
About the Author
Suburban Nation was called “the bible of urbanists,” by the Wall Street Journal.” The Christian Science Monitor called Walkable City “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work,” and “required reading.” Jeff Speck’s TED talks and other videos have been viewed more than three million times. With Walkable City Rules, he can be expected to cement his role as the most listened-to city planner in America.
— Seattle Book Review
— Journal of the American Planning Association
— Kurt Andersen, author of "Fantasyland" and host of public radio's "Studio 360"
"Filled with the photos, graphics, and charts that many of his fans felt were missing from the last book, the new volume comprises 1010 mini-chapters, each of which elegantly distills a single precept from his philosophy."
— NRDC's OnEarth
— Sarah Susanka, architect and author of "The Not So Big House" series and "The Not So Big Life"
— Ron Bogle, President and CEO, The American Architectural Foundation
— Dar Williams, singer-songwriter and author of "What I Found in a Thousand Towns"
— Richard Florida, author of "Rise of the Creative Class"
— Maurice Cox, Director, Planning & Development Department, City of Detroit
— Charles Marohn, Founder and President, Strong Towns
— Gabe Klein, cofounder, CityFi and author of "Start-Up City"
— Mick Cornett, Former Mayor of Oklahoma City and President of the US Conference of Mayors
— Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation
— Richard Jackson, Former Director, CDC National Center for Environmental Health