Within Walking Distance

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Paperback - July 2017 - AU $54.99

Shows how people are creating, improving and caring for walkable communities.

For 5000 years, human settlements were nearly always compact places. Everything a person needed on a regular basis lay within walking distance. But then the great project of the twentieth century—sorting people, businesses, and activities into separate zones, scattered across vast metropolises—took hold, exacting its toll on human health, natural resources, and the climate. Living where things were beyond walking distance ultimately became, for many people, a recipe for frustration. As a result, many Americans have begun seeking compact, walkable communities or looking for ways to make their current neighbourhood better connected, more self-sufficient and more pleasurable. + Full description

In Within Walking Distance, journalist and urban critic Philip Langdon looks at why and how Americans are shifting toward a more human-scale way of building and living. He shows how people are creating, improving and caring for walkable communities. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Starting conditions differ radically, as do the attitudes and interests of residents. To draw the most important lessons, Langdon spent time in six communities that differ in size, history, wealth, diversity and education, yet share crucial traits: compactness, a mix of uses and activities and human scale.

The six are Center City Philadelphia; the East Rock section of New Haven, Connecticut; Brattleboro, Vermont; the Little Village section of Chicago; the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon; and the Cotton District in Starkville, Mississippi. In these communities, Langdon examines safe, comfortable streets; sociable sidewalks; how buildings connect to the public realm; bicycling; public transportation; and incorporation of nature and parks into city or town life. In all these varied settings, he pays special attention to a vital ingredient: local commitment.

To improve conditions and opportunities for everyone, Langdon argues that places where the best of life is within walking distance ought to be at the core of our thinking. This book is for anyone who wants to understand what can be done to build, rebuild, or improve a community while retaining the things that make it distinctive.

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Details

Paperback | July 2017 | $ 54.99
ISBN: 9781610917711 | 280 pages | 229 x 152 mm
Publisher: Island Press, USA
Illustrations, Photographs

Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chapter 2. New Haven, Connecticut
Chapter 3. Brattleboro, Vermont
Chapter 4. Chicago’s Little Village
Chapter 5. Portland, Oregon
Chapter 6. Starkville, Mississippi
Conclusion

Authors

Philip Langdon was the editor for the New Urban News and a freelance journalist. His articles have been published in The Atlantic, American Heritage, Planning, Urban Land, Planning Commissioners Journal, Preservation, Governing, The American Enterprise, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture, CityLab and The New York Times.