Why Suburban Sprawl is the Worst Idea America Has Ever Had

In a recent "TED Talk", Jeff Speck makes the case for creating a more walkable America based not on design arguments, but rather on the potential to create a more economically resilient, healthier, and environmentally sustainable country.

"In the ineffable way of all TED talkers, urban planner Jeff Speck, author of 'The Walkable City,' has made a concise, urgent, and oddly charming argument for walkability," writes Tanya Snyder. In the video below, Speck describes the economic, epidemiological, and environmental reasons why the United States must reverse the "worst idea" the country has ever had. Instead of exporting suburban sprawl and auto-oriented design, he argues that that the U.S. can set a precedent worth emulating by designing for walkability.   

Full Story: Jeff Speck: America Has So Many Problems. Walkability Solves Most of Them.

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