Tag Archives: design

Free guided tours during “What’s Out There Weekend” event, May 18-19

The Cultural Landscape Foundation is offering a series of free guided tours (pdf) throughout the day on May 18th and 19th that highlight history, horticulture, nature, and design.  Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to explore what Philadelphia’s publicly-accessible parks, neighborhoods, and other public spaces have to offer! More information: What’s Out There Weekend Philadelphia

Article: America is a Walking Disaster

This article from The Atlantic Cities explains how car-oriented design and policies have made suburban areas inhospitable for pedestrians.  For example, as one contributor to the Greater Greater Washington blog found out, it can take as much as 8 1/2 minutes to legally cross a suburban street!  How can we shift policy and design to […]

Cover of Speck's "Walkable City"

Article: Ten steps of walkability

Walkable City, the new book by urban planner Jeff Speck, has been getting a lot of attention.  It’s been touted as one of the top ten planning books of 2013, and it’s a valuable read for anyone interested in the benefits of walkability (for more info, read this interview with the author over at The Atlantic Cities).  Kaid Benfield […]

Walking in Rittenhouse Square

“Walk Appeal” affects how pedestrians interact with the built environment

The built environment has a huge influence on walkability. You probably have an idea of what features of a street make it more or less walkable, but have you given it much thought? There are a number of different frameworks that have been developed to guide the way we think about this. Some, such as […]