|#e.25836||Tuesday 5:30PM to 6:30PM
June 17, 2014
CM | 1.00
Tuesdays at APA-Chicago: Walkability: Fact or Myth?
American Planning Association
Many contemporary conversations about sustainable design and development emphasize walkability. But, in terms of the potential effects of walkability on carbon emissions, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. While there is no argument that walking contributes to health, pedestrian-friendly districts and neighborhoods may not be enough to significantly reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
In this program, Lane Kendig, from Kendig Keast Collaborative, will explore how the concept of walkability relates to four types of trips: commuting, shopping, recreation, and child-related. He will discuss the connections between density, intensity, transit, and significant reductions in VMT. Through a series of case studies, Kendig will make a case for the necessity of zoning reforms that prohibit auto-oriented urban development.