How to Make America Walkable

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Michael Lewyn

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Date Written: 2014


A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors showed that 66% of Americans describe being “within an easy walk of other places” as a “very” or “somewhat” important factor in deciding where to live. But as urban planner Jeff Speck points out, many American cities and suburbs are “no-walking zones.” Streets are so wide that they seem “to take hours to walk across,” thus encouraging drivers to move so rapidly that a car/pedestrian collision is likely to be fatal. A pedestrian who survives this risky crossing often cannot easily reach other neighborhoods because of inadequate public transit. In Walkable City, Speck points out why walkability matters, and sets out a program for reform.

Note: 2014© Thomson Reuters. This article originally appeared in The Real Estate Law Journal, Volume 42 (Spring 2014). Reprinted here with permission of Thomson Reuters.

Keywords: land use, urban planning. walkable, walkability, sprawl, Jeff Speck, parking

Suggested Citation

Lewyn, Michael, How to Make America Walkable (2014). 42 Real Est. L.J. 512 (Spring 2014); Touro Law Center Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 15-17. Available at SSRN:

Michael Lewyn (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

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