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.
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
"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