Book Report: Happy City

The former mayor of Bogota, Columbia, Enrique Peñalosa, said in his inauguration speech that “only a city that respects human beings can expect citizens to respect the city in return”. He began his term by making good on his central campaign pledge of restoring social, if not income, equality by radically and fundamentally changing the pattern of the urban fabric. By carving out an extensive network of separated bike lanes from the streets, creating weekly car-free Sundays, restoring parks and other public spaces, and building a 5-line BRT, he essentially opened up the city to all its citizens. The quality of life for millions of people improved and the crime rate fell precipitously. Locales in the United States are waking up to the benefits of complete streets and multi-modal transit – new mobility that allows people to move in the greatest variety of ways. Not only does ...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/327256

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