Dream Big

Great cities still need great visions
  • Jeff Speck


THIS BOOK IS MOSTLY ABOUT fixing problems and creating short-term wins. Such an approach makes sense when the goal is to impact the day-to-day walkability and livability of a city. But it ignores the fact that North America’s most walkable and most livable cities did not turn out that way through fixing problems and creating short-term wins. Rather, most either started with visionary proposals, like Philadelphia and Savannah, or were the beneficiaries of visionary improvements, like New York and Chicago… or both. The ordinary fabric of a city can make it very good, but only big dreams make a city great. In attending to the day-to-day, we can’t forget to pursue greatness as well.

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