Imagine: Livable Cities

Knight Foundation presents: LIVABLE CITIES. They start slowly, says Gil Penalosa (founder and chair of 8-80 Cities) with traffic slowed down to 20 mph in neighborhoods, to make pedestrians safe whether they are eight or 80 years old. Bike lanes are physically separated from roadways so people who would have never considered biking feel safe pedaling their toddlers to school. They have public spaces that celebrate public life, including parks where people can gather, play and rest. And they have clean, fast, public transportation that gives people choices about how to get around. When Gehl Architects Founding Partner Helle Søholt hears people say change is impossible culturally or financially for their city, she points out that even Copenhagen had to change culturally to be as livable as it is now, with downtown squares that once served as parking lots for commuters are now ringed with restaurants and retail, linked by commercially vibrant walking streets.

 

“It is a truism to say that cities are for people. The urban challenge for the next few decades is to truly make them so, by doing things like turning half of every road into pedestrian-and-bicyclists-only space, or making every other street usable only by walkers and cyclists.” – Enrique Penalosa, Former Mayor, Bogota (from This Is What the Cities of the Future Will Look Like)

 

Here’s what “Livable Cities” look like:

 

Pedestrians First

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Bikeable City

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Public Spaces

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Changing Culture

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