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Within Walking Distance

Creating Livable Communities for All

Authors: Langdon, Philip

  • One of the few treatments of walkability that looks at lower‑income and diverse communities Written accessibly by a journalist and experienced urban critic 
  • Provides an in‑depth look at the citizens, public officials, and planners who are making their communities more walkable and livable
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About this book

In this volume, the author looks at why and how Americans are shifting toward a more human-scale way of building and living. He shows how people are creating, improving, and caring for walkable communities. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Starting conditions differ radically, as do the attitudes and interests of residents. To draw the most important lessons, Langdon spent time in six communities that differ in size, history, wealth, diversity, and education, yet share crucial traits: compactness, a mix of uses and activities, and human scale. The six are Center City Philadelphia; the East Rock section of New Haven, Connecticut; Brattleboro, Vermont; the Little Village section of Chicago; the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon; and the Cotton District in Starkville, Mississippi. In these communities, Langdon examines safe, comfortable streets; sociable sidewalks; how buildings connect to the public realm; bicycling; public transportation; and incorporation of nature and parks into city or town life. In all these varied settings, he pays special attention to a vital ingredient: local commitment.

About the authors

Philip Langdon was the editor for the New Urban News and a freelance journalist. His articles have been published in The Atlantic, American Heritage, Planning, Urban Land, Planning Commissioners Journal, Preservation, Governing, The American Enterprise, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture, CityLab, and The New York Times

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Langdon, Philip

    Pages 1-11

  • Big City, Intimate Settings: Center City Philadelphia

    Langdon, Philip

    Pages 12-59

  • Creating Gathering Places: The East Rock Neighborhood, New Haven, Connecticut

    Langdon, Philip

    Pages 60-89

  • Keeping the Town Center Vital: Brattleboro, Vermont

    Langdon, Philip

    Pages 90-119

  • The Walkable Immigrant Neighborhood: Chicago’s “Little Village”

    Langdon, Philip

    Pages 120-157

Buy this book

eBook $103.20
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-61091-773-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Within Walking Distance
Book Subtitle
Creating Livable Communities for All
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Philip Langdon
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-773-5
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-773-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 264
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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