We are often told that America’s car culture is integral to its freedom. But let’s parse that one out a little bit. Three factors— road policing, car dependence, and street design — would together seem to conspire otherwise.
Research suggests that you are 568 times less likely to die in a terror attack than a car crash. So why do cities devote so much less to making their cities walkable than they do to preventing politically-motivated violence?
Aside from Zoom — and, of course, mRNA vaccines — the most impactful technology to evolve thanks to COVID was the one at the very heart of Walkable City: street design. Jeff Speck explores how the pandemic re-shaped our streets — and what it will take to make those changes permanent.
The original edition of the landmark book Walkable City detailed some of the most devastating health impacts of an automotive lifestyle. In the years since, though, author Jeff Speck has discovered they were just the tip of the iceberg.