Creating walkable cities is tough when we’ve built an infrastructure that discourages walking. But it’s worth it.
The Future’s Most Walkable Cities: Prepare to Be Surprised
Srividya Kalyanaraman, time.com
Walkable urban places are the cities of the future, a new study says. And where will those be? New York, Boston? Try Miami and Phoenix. No, we’re not kidding.
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My first reaction:
The twentieth century? I could pick a better century out of hat, blindfolded, and get a better one!
(Quote from Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart’s Sabrina, 1954. One of my favorite movies.)
Let’s make the twenty-first century better, guys.
Change the question!
You’re cooking dinner. You realize you’re missing a key ingredient – garlic for the pasta, let’s say, or lettuce for your salad. Something without which you can’t get the meal on the table. How long would it take you to walk to a store where you can buy it?
You can walk, or you can take public transport. But for millions of people in Bangkok, the car is the only option.
A public health nurse visiting Guanajuato, an almost completely pedestrian city in Mexico.
Guanajuato, Mexico, is known for many things: its role in the country’s independence, its global arts festival Cervantino, its legacy of silver mining, its collection of mummies of cinematic fame.
But its downtown web of winding, cobblestone alleyways can also teach cities about walkability.
In the coming years, the pedestrian zone in the center of Brussels will be extended.
(see first picture: in green the current pedestrians streets, in red the coming ones)
It means that the look and the face of the heart of the city will be completely changed! The Mayor wants to follow the example of Times Square.
A group of people who live or work in the center came up with an idea of “Anspark” (a portmanteau word from the name of the main boulevard “Anspach”), and draw some plans (second picture).
If you want to read more about their plans and ideas here is the pdf where the image came from.
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That’s compared to 20% in London and 10-20% in New York.
The heat maps can easily tell you how far away two points are at a glance, to let you know how long your walk is going to be.
"These maps show how long it takes to get everywhere else via walking and public transit," Hardin writes in an email. "This allows you to make some important comparisons, such as ‘if I move here, I can reach half the city in 50 minutes if I start at 8 a.m.’" His paper explains more of the technical details.
Space syntax and the modeling of walkability and urban pathways.
“The science is still growing, and the models are becoming more robust. Eventually, Stonor wants to map how space affects peoples’ social interactions. “How do the ways people know their neighbors vary with spatial layout?” he wonders.”