The Option of Urbanism: Investing in A New American Dream , by Christopher B. Leinberger . (Paperback edition with a new preface by the author.) Washington , DC : Island Press ; ( 2009 ).
ISBN 13 978‐1‐59726‐137‐2 ; 207 pp . “Walkable urbanism” … “drivable sub‐urbanism”—when first encountered in The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream by Christopher B.
Leinberger, the two phrases do not sit “trippingly on the tongue.” But read on and you will discover that the two terms describe perfectly the dominant modes of urban development in pre‐ and post‐World War II America. And any fan of cities has to love that hyphen in “drivable sub‐urbanism.” “Walkable urbanism as a description,” Leinberger relates, “combines the basic transportation mode used with the character of the place.
Walking distance is generally defined as a 1,500‐ to 3,000‐foot radius—a quarter to a half mile—which means densities must be high to have all those options [i.e.
school, shopping, parks, friends, even jobs] available close by… . Prior to the Second World War, walkable urbanism was the primary option offered to Americans living in metropolitan areas.
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Published: Sep 1, 2010