Do a Frontage Quality Assessment and Locate Anchors

Lay a groundwork for determining the Network of Walkability
  • Jeff Speck


ACHIEVING TRUE WALKABILITY IS DIFFICULT, because you have to provide the entire four-part package. If a street is not useful, comfortable, and interesting, people with a choice will not choose to walk on it, even if you make it perfectly safe. Unfortunately, those three categories—use, comfort, and interest—are hard to impact in short order, because they are a function primarily of how well the street is lined by attractive buildings. Certainly, through its codes, permitting process, and investments, a city can and should influence what gets built where, but this is a long-term effort that usually begins to have impacts about five years out. Most places would like to see significant change much more quickly than that.

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