- By Philip Langdon

Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All

  • Title: Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All
  • Author: Philip Langdon
  • ISBN: 9781610917711
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Within Walking Distance Creating Livable Communities for All 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 centu

    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 thFor 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 things were beyond walking distance ultimately became, for many people, a recipe for frustration As a result, many Americans have begun seeking compact, walkable communities or looking for ways to make their current neighborhood better connected, self sufficient, and pleasurable In Within Walking Distance, journalist and urban critic Philip Langdon looks at why and how Americans are shifting toward a human scale 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.

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    1. Philip Langdon wrote A Good Place to Live, a cover story for Atlantic Monthly thirty years ago about people building new communities that made walking a central element of everyday life. Here, in this book, Langdon explores the human element in communities. For five thousand years, city people found everything they needed within walking distance. People found that building a city at pedestrian scale allows everyone to participate in the life of the community. But that sphere began to change abou [...]

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