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!