How did we get here? How can we get here?Cedar Falls, IowaDel Mar, California
Transportationhas always builtour cities.Always.And … it willcontinue todo so.
“Automobiles are often conveniently tagged as the villainsresponsible for the ills of cities and the disappointments and futilitiesof city planning. But the destructive effects of automobiles are muchless a cause than a symptom of our incompetence at city building.The simple needs of automobiles are more easilyunderstood and satisfied than the complex needs of cities,and a growing number of planners and designers havecome to believe that if they can only solve the problems oftraffic, they will thereby have solved the major problemsof cities.Cities have much more intricate economic and social concerns thanautomobile traffic. How can you know what to try with traffic untilyou know how the city itself works, and what else it needs to do withits streets? You cant.”Jane Jacobs, Death and Life of Great American Cities , 1961“How can you know what to try with traffic until ….”
Beacon Hill, BostonBeacon Hill, Boston1550 feet from THE CHEERS BAR, 6 otherbars, 8 deli’s, 4 banks, 3 hardware stores, 2florists, 18 restaurants, 5 churches, grocer,pharmacist, medical and dozens more.America’s First DevelopmentAmerica’s First Development
… It is where mostAmerican children growup. It is where mosteconomic activity takesplace. Indeed, I will makethe argument that thisprocess of destruction, andthe realm that is spawned,largely became oureconomy.…..James Howard KunstlerGeography of Nowhere, 1981If we were to place blame on oureconomic meltdown on one source,who would we blame?
Below scene: Costs 1/5thto 1/10thto maintain as above
Well Designed DensityChildhood needs1. To develop fully children need abroad range to roam4. Our most important neuralpathways are developed beforethe age of nine.3. Einstein roamed the streets ofMunich at the age of four,exploring on his own2. U.S. children today have arange one/ninth of their parents
Depressive Disorders19 million Americanadults• Leading cause ofdisability in the USA• Treatment:• Medication• Social Contact,including therapy• And…..
Sammamish, Washington228thAvenueThe Sammamish public worksdirector was told it would take 10years to go from concept toconcrete.Bulldozers were moving dirt onthis unfunded project in 300 days.Effective public participation can leadto shortened times to construction
For further information contact:Dan Burden, Executive Director, Walkable and Livable CommunitiesInstitute, www.walklive.org