They’re still reviewing Jeff Speck’s book. Maybe David Duggins finally should read it.


Then maybe he’d be willing to utter truths he currently dares not speak aloud, for fear of … of … what? Violating the gag rule against intellectual honesty?

Because how could a transformative plan so intimately connected with economic development in the present age have anything to do with the “way we’ve always done it,” as digested while suckling at Kerry Stemler’s teat?

Let’s go through this again. The book reviewed was written by the guy who has told us how we might get it right: Jeff Speck’s New Albany Downtown Street Networks.

Reviewed: Walkable City, by T. Caine (Intercongreen)

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck

In One Line: From broad strokes to streetscape specifics, the author covers the deficiencies of modern street planning that hinder the pedestrian experience as well a coordinated attack to solve them.

… As a lover of data, the author did not disappoint me, always diligent in inserting sources that provide insightful research to strengthen his points–sometimes contrary to expectations. For instance, despite being a pro-pedestrian advocate, he would definitely not be accurately described as anti-car, promoting instead a proper balance between the transportation groups rather than our current deference to vehicular travel.

“Cars of the lifeblood of the American city. Even in our most successful walking and transit cities, they are everywhere, contributing activity and vitality to the streetscape. Past failures have taught us that banning them outright brings with it more risk than reward.”