The Walkable City

May 1, 2015

 

Jeff Speck makes a very convincing argument to move back into a big city by focusing on the economic, health and environmental benefits. He uses Portland as an example of what a city can do to change the way people live. Portland is a city where people are, on average, driving four miles and 11 minutes less in their daily commute which adds up in terms of real costs and quality of life. Jeff also makes the case for creating walk-able and bike-able cities to attract top, young talent, Jeff states that the millennial first choose where they want to live and then find a job there. Things like access to bike-able paths and not having to use their vehicles ranks high on a milennial’s “must haves” in a city.

 

The bottom line is that walk-able and bike-able cities are contributing to an overall quality of life for a city’s residents.

 

DPBPAC's Top 3 Reasons for safe and expanded biking and pedestrian pathways: 

 

1)  Helps people save money spent on gas, freeing up $$$ to shop locally.

2)  Fosters a healtheir lifestyle, since these activities involve physical activity rather than sitting behind a wheel of a car

3)  It helps attract the kinds of residents we want

 

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