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Why Walkability Is Key To A City’s Vitality

Jeff Speck is author of "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time." (LEFT: Courtesy of Michael Brands. RIGHT: Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.)

Jeff Speck is author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time.” (LEFT: Courtesy of Michael Brands. RIGHT: Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.)

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.

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  • 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.)

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