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Pedestrian- and Transit-Oriented Design

By Reid Ewing, Keith Bartholomew

More than half of Americans say they'd rather drive less and walk more. This practical guide shows how to make the leap from urban sprawl to smart growth and put communities on the path to a healthier future.

Published by Urban Land Institute and APA Planners Press, 2013

Format: Paperback, 128 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-874202-01-4

Quick order code: R02014

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If you like walkable communities, take one step forward — and join the crowd. More than half of Americans say they'd rather drive less and walk more. As boomers age and gas prices rise, demand for walkable neighborhoods keeps climbing.

This practical guide shows how to make the leap from urban sprawl to smart growth. It walks readers through a detailed checklist of pedestrian- and transit-friendly features, from short blocks and safe crossings to street grids and special paving. Abundant photographs capture dos and don'ts from cities and towns across the country. Passages from existing city codes give planners a head start on making their own communities more accessible on foot and by transit.

Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Design turns a half-century of urban design theory into step-by-step directions for creating walkable cities. It's must reading for planners, planning commissioners, city council members, developers, and citizens who want to put their communities on the path to a healthier future.

About the Authors

Reid Ewing is professor of City and Metropolitan Planning and director of the Metropolitan Research Center at the University of Utah. His publications include Best Development Practices and U.S. Traffic Calming Manual from APA Planners Press as well as Developing Successful New Communities.

Keith Bartholomew is an environmental lawyer also on the University of Utah's City and Metropolitan Planning faculty. The coauthors earlier collaborated on Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change.

Both authors have written extensively for the Journal of the American Planning Association, where Ewing serves on the editorial board.

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