Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, public service, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. The Christian Science Monitor called his recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, "timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work."
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Those 200 ft blocks in Portland, also lead to really short MAX their light rail trains, short means less passengers per train. Plus that also means a very slow train if you're trying to get from one side of Portland to the other as they didn't put in a downtown bypass line...or at least one line that has only one stop. Thus getting lets say to Portlands Airport from the west side, can take....Hours. So you get in your car. Portland has been trying to choke off auto transit for 35 or more years...the result, Portland has L.A. freeway gridlock....day and night. Just listen to KINKFM radio Internet in the morning or evening rush hour and you'll get the picture. There has to be a balance between autobikebuseslight rail to make a city livable for all it's citizens....not just the ones who can afford the very very expensive real estate close to downtown, at the expense taxes of the ones who can't.20/05/2016
Great presentation. If you read his book, you'll be familiar with his points, but this adds a wonderful visual to go along with what was discussed in Walkable City.29/01/2016
Great talk. I just want to point out that the picture he used for Houston is from 30 years ago. Houston has changed quite a bit since then. There is an accompanying photograph of what it looks like now. You can find it in one of the "Cite" issues. 02/11/2014
Really enjoy his presentations. I wonder if there's anything to add to the General Theory of Walkability? Reason to walk, Safety, Comfortable, and Interesting are his four points.29/05/2014
An entertaining and nicely-illustrated overview, duly added to our Streets for Everyone board >>28/05/2014