Jeff Speck, city planner, urban designer, TED Talk speaker, and bestselling author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, offers fascinating and fact-filled responses to these questions. Along the way, he tells us the changes needed to make cities the thriving places that most people want.
In this episode you will learn:
- what is a walkable city
- how walkable cities drive innovation by attracting talent
- what makes cities safer than suburbs
- how more traffic signals actually make cities less safe
- why the most popular solutions to congestion actually increase it
- what the cheapest solution is for making a city more walkable
- how great urban design trumps weather every time
Jeff also shares a fascinating insight regarding a possible downside of self-driving cars.
Links to Topics Mentioned in this Podcast
Induced demand and traffic
Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck