Walkability and vibrancy are not the only features that make for livable cities. Social policy that embraces universal design serves all residents.
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck, 2012, (coauthor of Suburban Nation)
There are several words I am getting really sick of hearing when listening to city planners discuss how to develop our city for “walkability.” The first word is “walkability.” I have multiple sclerosis and have trouble walking at all. The planners and politicians are obsessed with “getting rid of cars downtown” even though our city has an aging population majority. We also have a higher than average number of people with disabilities, some “invisible,” like MS, as well as visible mobility issues (wheelchair users).
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