Boston is famed for being a walkable city. One urban planner says that walkability is exactly what all cities should be aiming for.
In his new book, "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time," Jeff Speck says:
[W]e must understand that the walkable city is not just a nice, idealistic notion. Rather, it is a simple, practical-minded solution to a host of complex problems that we face as a society, problems that daily undermine our nation's economic competitiveness, public welfare, and environmental sustainability.
He joins Radio Boston to explain why a city's walkability is so key to its overall vitality.
- Jeff Speck, city planner, architectural designer and author of "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time." Read the an excerpt from the book.
- Read "A General Theory Of Walkability" — PDF -- the prologue to "Walkable City." (Excerpted from “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time” by Jeff Speck, published November 13, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Copyright (c) 2012 by Jeff Speck. All rights reserved.)
This segment aired on December 13, 2012.