In his General Theory of Walkability, veteran WRLDCTY speaker and Walkable City author Jeff Speck explains how people only choose to become pedestrians if the walk is simultaneously “useful, safe, comfortable, and interesting.” Of those four requirements, comfort is the most counterintuitive and fascinating. Join Jeff as he waxes poetic through a photographic essay on what makes for truly comfortable walking. Hint: It’s not just good shoes.
Jeff Speck is a city planner and author who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, an award-winning private design consultancy serving mainly American cities.
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