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1st Edition

Streets Reconsidered
Inclusive Design for the Public Realm

ISBN 9781138900431
Published October 29, 2018 by Routledge
304 Pages 229 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Streets Reconsidered is a fundamental rethinking of America's streets. It explores the future of streets and what America's roadways could be if they were designed for living, instead of just driving. The book includes:

  • detailed design guidelines,
  • fully illustrated, four color case studies of successful streets from around the world,
  • a new paradigm of streets designed to promote human functions, turning new design ideas into a series of best practices that can be applied to any community.

What would streets look like if they accommodated people of all ages and abilities, promoted healthy urban living, social interaction and business, the movement of people and goods and regeneration of the environment? Streets Reconsidered pushes beyond the current standards, focusing on the planning, design and construction of streets as a method for improving our built environment for everyone. The book is organized by the functions of a street: mobility, way finding, commerce, social gathering, events and programming, play and recreation, urban agriculture, green infrastructure and image and identity.

Streets Reconsidered is the essential resource for city planners, urban designers, developers, architects, landscape architects, policymakers and community members who share a passion for great urban, human spaces.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The World on the Street

Chapter 2: Street Design Principles

Chapter 3: Move Along the Street

Chapter 4: Gather on the Street

Chapter 5: Shop on the Street

Chapter 6: Play on the Street

Chapter 7: Grow on the Street

Chapter 8: Generate on the Street

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Daniel S. Iacofano, PhD., FAICP, FASLA, has over 30 years of experience in regional and land use planning and community-based urban planning and design. Dr. Iacofano has worked with hundreds of communities across the United States, helping them strategically plan for positive change. He has consulted and lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, and has written many other books about the built environment. His work has been honored by the National League of Cities, the International Downtown Association, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects and Association of Environmental Professionals. He is a founding principal and CEO of MIG, Inc.

Mukul Malhotra has over 20 years of experience in urban design, planning and architecture in India and the United States. Mr. Malhotra is one of the creators of “re:Streets,” the multidisciplinary collaboration focused on planning, designing and constructing streets as a method for improving the built environment for everyone. He has worked with an array of cities, agencies and community groups across the United States to sustainably redevelop urban and neighborhood corridors and streetscapes. His work has been honored by the American Public Works Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, and American Planning Association. He is a principal of MIG, Inc.


"Streets Reconsidered makes a thorough and highly visual case for designing streets on which people do more than move, but also gather, shop, play, grow, and generate environmental improvements. These six verbs organize the book. 'Road construction continues as if demand will always be increasing,' the authors complain. 'We now have the tools to incorporate uncertainty into transportation planning'—fewer drivers, driverless cars, shared cars, big data, and more. 'It’s time to be bold.'...This book will be of great value to anyone who ever deals with streets in any capacity." -The American Planning Association

"Streets Reconsidered provides detailed and specific interventions that can improve and accelerate multiple uses of community streets—and sparks the motivation to try them. This should be required reading for anyone interested in promoting safe, walkable and engaging communities." -M. Katherine Kraft,  Executive Director, America Walks

"Streets occupy a third of our cities; more than parks, schools, libraries and all other public spaces combined. Streets Reconsidered provides doable actions and inspiration to create cities for all people. Great book for elected officials, staff and citizens, as the streets are theirs. Public space." -Gil Penalosa,  Chair and Founder, 8-80 Cities

"The considerable knowledge that comes from long, professional street design practice is everywhere in evidence. This is a superb reference, with an array of well-considered street design principles for achieving community goals and  a wealth of inspiring design possibilities." -Elizabeth MacDonald,  Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley

"This is a fresh set of lenses to view the streets we encounter every day and to envision the absolute best that streets  can be." -Kathryn H. Anthony,  CSA Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign