Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his “general theory of walkability” — four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.

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  1. Mexican towns have this walkability property, NOW I gladly see that USA want's to be like us. But the new zones in México are being separated and decreasing walkability because we want to be like USA.

  2. Cities where you need cars sure is great for Ford Motor Company, GM, Chrysler to make a buck. But for the rest of us? Screwed out of money, health, and walking to where we need to go

  3. 1. Proper reason to walk, 2.) The walk has to be safe and feel safe, 3.) The walk needs to be comfortable, 4.) The walk needs to be interesting

  4. Cities where you have roads that only buses can go down are brilliant, everyone walks in the street and will just slowly move out of the way when a bus comes down.

  5. Od course in gramd rapids there are the sky walks which allow a safe method of crossing the street. Also during winter they are heated. That is why you don't see people crossing streets as often near the skywalks.

  6. my city – Lodz, Poland – is only walkable. City is narrowing the streets, cutting parking spots in residential area in half. Small business is vanishing. No park and rides and no underground garage in the city centre, to hop off and go to city organised festival, or something.
    They are planting a lot of greens, but people walk the dogs, so the plants are over nourished and die.
    Bicycles? Better not to ride on bicycle lane (I'm daily commuting to work 2 miles and it's safer on the street). It looks like people do not know how to use bicycle. It's extremely unsafe because of that.

  7. Congestion does not constrain demand, it frustrates it. All of those extra drivers already wanted to go somewhere, they just couldn't. When you fail to satisfy the needs of transit you stiffle commerce.

  8. It's surprising how important it is to build cities for the people who live in the city rather than the cars that live there.

  9. There needs to be cross-country transportation as well that is different than just highways with cars. There needs to be trains across the country.

  10. As a driver, and a pedestrian, please make sure that sharp corners do have sufficient space, especially if you are in a place that gets lots of snow and ice. There's a corner near me, by a school. And it scares me.

  11. His four criteria does not include "proximity". I can meet all four of his criteria – reason, safety, comfort, interest – and still force people to walk 10 miles across the city because nothing is close. I know he talks about mixed zoning in the video but nevertheless its not explicitly stated as one of his criteria. Im confused by this fact. Did he weasel a fifth criteria in or did he combine proximity with the others somehow?

  12. In the greater Seattle area pretentious libtards are always telling people to "buy electric cars" and "bicycle for health and road congestion". Of course you cant find a single bike rack anywhere. Nor a charging station. Mass transit buses only accommodate one or two bicycles at a time. They have "bike lockers", which the city expects you to pay for. Businesses, even those with parking lots, dont have any bicycle storage for its employees or its customers.

  13. 24 hrs a day. Quote: “time is always against you”

    With that said…
    Option A: walking to school takes 20 min.
    Option B: car takes 2 min.
    Option A: Wake up at 6am, leave the house at 6:30. 5 min early til warning bell. 7am school starts.
    Simple right?
    Option B: Wake up at 6:20, leave at 6:50. 3 min early til warning bell.

    School is 6 hrs.
    Workout is 2hrs.
    Sleep is 9hrs. Total: 17 hrs.
    7 hrs left. 9 to 5 day job.
    You see, it’s impossible to make time unless the day is longer like 2 hrs longer. Even then I don’t know if that’s enough to have some free time to relax.

    Time is against you. I prefer car so I don’t have to waste time.
    Simple?
    I prefer efficiency. Carry groceries. No way I’m carrying groceries and walking home. I’m driving home with my groceries to SAVE TIME.
    One last time: Time is against you.

  14. Ban partial automation – including auto transmission – either cars should be fully automatic or fully manual. Then we will have more people taking public transportation / walk and the ones who still drive will know what the heck they are doing. With a manual transmission, you are on the alert always, don't get time to text / be distracted.

  15. Cities have so much potential to be designed for the people who live and commute there but very few cities in the US are willing to make it so. It is tragic.

  16. I moved from Mesa, AZ to Durango, CO for school and the walkability in each city is like night and day. I love walking in Durango because it has a great transit system, safe sidewalks, narrow streets, diversified small city blocks. In Mesa, even when the weather was great, I hated walking places because the sidewalks are scary, roads huge, and everything is a sprawl. I couldn't tell why the two places were so different, but now I do and I hope Mesa becomes more walkable.

  17. I searched the world for a place I can walk to everything I want or need. Saves driving yourself crazy, to find it all. We all accept or choose how we live.

  18. I live in Tampere, Finland. We have a small airport outside the city and there is buses and taxis that can take you there. I found it funny when I saw american tourists hire a car for such a walkable city with good transportation system. Hiring a car in Tampere is not necessary unless you are going to a national park or a small village far away, which I´m hoping they got the car for.

  19. 18:02 I've been to that convention center / the short north more than a dozen times and I have NEVER seen that bridge

  20. Biking only works to rich white people. Who move into DT areas. There is still no housing for people that would benefit. Only convenience for those who already are privilege.

  21. I don't live in America but I know the feeling of trying to cross over the moter way/highway with my bike going to college, I always nearly get hit and beeped at.
    This is in Ireland by the way which is rapidly modernizing which in my opinion is not a good thing.

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