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This year's book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, is by Urbanist Jeff Speck, who dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick. In this essential new book, Speck reveals the invisible workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can all make the right choices for our communities.

About the Author -- Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, public service, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. He leads Speck & Associates, a private consultancy offering design and advisory services to North American municipalities and the real-estate development industry. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, Mr. Speck oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. His recent book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time is exerting a profound impact on the design of communities nationwide. Recent work of Speck & Associates includes downtown master plans, waterfront visions, urban and suburban infill plans, transit-oriented designs, street plans, and walkability studies for communities including Lowell, Massachusetts; Memphis, Tennessee; and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Further Reading

See our Common Reading Experience Research Guide for a list of available books in our catalog: Further Reading

In the Media

How far will we walk to go somewhere? It depends.

Has the U.S. Reached Peak Sprawl?

One Thing Every City Can Do to Be More Pedestrian-Friendly

It's Amazing How Many More Commuters Would Drive Less if They Didn't Get Free Parking

10 Techniques for Making Cities More Walkable

Walkable Cleveland

Local News

Bright futures envisioned for Kinsman, Duck Island and West 65th Street neighborhoods in Cleveland

Making the case: Why revamping Public Square in downtown Cleveland would be a wise investment

Putting 'Walkable City' to the test: General lack of activities, aesthetic dulls down Cleveland

Not Dead Yet: The Infill of Cleveland's Urban Core

Making downtown Cleveland more pedestrian-friendly must be a priority: editorial

Local Organizations

City of Cleveland Planning Commission

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Cleveland Restoration Society

Cuyahoga County Planning Commission

Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity

Ohio City Development

Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium

Sustainable Cleveland 2019

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Spring 2015 Common Reading Events
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