The Wonders of Walkability

October 15, 2018 in Design

This episode dives into Jeff Speck’s General Theory of Walkability.

The General Theory of Walkability was published in 2012 in the book “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time”.  The book consolidated ideas and theories from many other urban thinkers and designers into a clear and hopeful case for change in our cities. It has been referenced by many professional city builders as well as John’s father-in-law, who is a 70 year old retired physician. So, it’s safe to say that the ideas in the book resonate with all kinds of readers.

Jeff just released a new book, called Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places.

Some rules include:

  • Rule # 3: When advocating for walkability, use climate change arguments and stress location efficiency.
  • Rule # 31: To make streets safer, focus on speeding.
  • Rule # 100: Don’t give up on sprawl. Instead, make suburban streets safer and more walkable too.

To learn about 97 more rules and instructions, check out the book!

Park(ing) Day

October 1, 2018 in Community, Design

In North American cities, there are 4 parking stalls for every car. Downtown cores usually devote 30% of their space for parking. And the average car sits stationary for 95% of its life. That’s a lot of space for vehicle storage. Do you ever wonder how all that asphalt could be used differently? How a parking stall could be transformed into a place for people to enjoy? We wanted to talk to someone who makes us rethink how space in cities could be used.

John Bela is the co-founder of Park(ing) Day, an annual event where parking stalls are transformed into temporary public places.

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Esteemed Cities

September 17, 2018 in Travel

We love asking our guests to share a city they love and why. The city lovers we’ve had on the podcast generally find this tough to answer, as most enjoy a bunch of cities. Often, they cheat and list more than one city, but because I’m an understanding person, I allow it. The answers we’ve received have been insightful and inspiring, so we thought we would put together a super-cut highlighting the cities that our guests have listed as places they adore. Warning: what you’re about to hear might increase your desire to travel.