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Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All
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Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All (Paperback)

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For five thousand years, human settlements were nearly always compact places. Everything a person needed on a regular basis lay within walking distance, But then the great project of the twentieth century, sorting people, businesses, and activities into separate zones, scattered across vast metropolises, took hold, exacting its toll on human health, natural resources, and the climate. Living where a things were beyond Walking distance ultimately became, for many people, a recipe for frustration. As a result, many people have begun seeking compact, walkable communities or looking for ways to make their current neighbourhood better connected, more self-sufficient, and more-pleasurable. In Within Walking Distance, journalist and urban critic Philip Langdon looks at why and how Americans are shifting toward a more human-stale way of building and living. He shows how people are creating, improving, and caring for walkable communities. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Starting conditions differ radically, as do-the attitudes and interests of residents.To draw the most important lessons, Langdon spent time in six communities that differ in size, history, wealth, diversity, and education, yet share crucial traits: compactness, a mix- of uses and activities, and human scale.

The six are Center City Philadelphia; the East Rock section of New Haven, Connecticut; Brattleboro, Vermont; the Little Village section of Chicago; the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon, and the Cotton District in Starkville, Mississippi. In these communities, Langdon examines safe, comfortable streets: sociable sidewalks; how buildings connect to the public realm, bicycling; public transportation; and incorporation of nature and parks into-city or-town life. In all these varied settings, he pays special attention to a vital ingredient: local commitment. To improve conditions and opportunities for everyone, Langdon argues that places where the best-of life is within walking distance ought to be at the core of our thinking. This book is for anyone who wants to understand what can be done to build, rebuild, or improve a community while retaining the things that make it distinctive.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureArchitectural structure & designArchitecture & DesignArchitectureLandscape art & architecturePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsUrban communitiesScience & MathematicsRegional & area planningUrban & municipal planning Publisher: Island Press Publication Date: 06/06/2017 ISBN-13: 9781610917711  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Philip Langdon is a freelance journalist and former senior editor of New Urban News; His articles have appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic, Planning, Landscape Architecture, and other magazines. He is author of A Better Place to Live: Reshaping the American Suburb.

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