Blooming Rock Book Club Meeting - Walkable City by Jeff Speck
Our next book is Jeff Speck’s book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save American One Step at a Time. We’ll find out why Speck thinks that the key factor in thriving cities is walkability.
According to Speck, walkability not only makes a city healthier and more sustainable, it is the key to economic development in the 21st century. Walkability, he contends, has multiple benefits:
- It makes real estate valuable It makes people healthy
- It makes cities thrive economically
- It even makes people more creative and innovative. He said in an interview with Metropolis Magazine, “This idea of propinquity and the frisson of having many things piled up on top of each other in a way that you don’t need a car to connect them has proven to be central to the creation of patents”.