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Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All

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For five thousand years, human settlements were nearly always compact places. Everything a person needed on a regular basis lay within walking distance. But then the great project of the twentieth century—sorting people, businesses, and activities into separate zones, scattered across vast metropolises—took hold, exacting its toll on human health, natural resources, and ...more
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Published May 16th 2017 by Island Press
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I knew I wanted to review this specifically because I saw Portland, OR listed as one the cities "explored" in this guide. I DEVOURED this. Seriously. I feel like I should have some jetlag from all my traveling...I loved that the writing style was educational/informative enough to really help me to build these cities in my mind as I read about them!

The intro lays out the premise of the books, which is exploring tight-knit/walking distance cities that feel like communities but also have

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May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Philip Langdon wrote A Good Place to Live, a cover story for Atlantic Monthly thirty years ago about people building new communities that made walking a central element of everyday life. Here, in this book, Langdon explores the human element in communities.

For five thousand years, city people found everything they needed within walking distance. People found that building a city at pedestrian scale allows everyone to participate in the life of the community. But that sphere began to change
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Philip Langdon wrote A Good Place to Live, a cover story for Atlantic Monthly thirty years ago about people building new communities that made walking a central element of everyday life. Here, in this book, Langdon explores the human element in communities.

For five thousand years, city people found everything they needed within walking distance. People found that building a city at pedestrian scale allows everyone to participate in the life of the community. But that sphere began to change
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I knew I wanted to review this specifically because I saw Portland, OR listed as one the cities "explored" in this guide. I DEVOURED this. Seriously. I feel like I should have some jetlag from all my traveling...I loved that the writing style was educational/informative enough to really help me to build these cities in my mind as I read about them!

The intro lays out the premise of the books, which is exploring tight-knit/walking distance cities that feel like communities but also have

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“Living in a dense environment means a less stressful and time-consuming commute to work without the aid of a car. It's about a greater sense of community and partnership that naturally develops when you walk through a place and casually collide with neighbors. It's about feeling a sense of attachment to stores and bars and restaurants and their owners and employees. Frequently I will stop in to say a hello at a restaurant or store even if I'm not shopping or eating. It's about using a compact life to reduce environmental impact. For me, it boils down to this: a place you walk through is a place you know and love.” 2 likes
“A walkable community has to have useful things for people to walk to.” 0 likes
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