Walking the Walk


Urban design from the front lines

Kevin Klinkenberg

Using urban design to make our lives more enjoyable and create wealth

This site is for all those interested in the making of cities and towns, and especially the lives of the humans that inhabit them. Kevin Klinkenberg is an architect and urban designer who's practiced from coast-to-coast. 

Weekend walk

From time to time I'll use this space to share some of daily aspects of living in a walkable community. I know that for many of you this may seem, well, like nothing at all. But I know that a great many people have either no experience of living like this or have completely forgotten what it's like. I enjoy sharing some of the small joys, and even some of the small frustrations.

With that all said - here's a quick example.

Two destinations attracted us this weekend as we got out to socialize. On Saturday it was dinner out for sushi and a bier afterwards at the Bierhaus. Sidebar: I love the food and drink at this little German/Belgian-inspired place, though it has absolutely the worst location in all of downtown Savannah.

Here's a Google map showing how far the walk was, and some pretty obvious suggested routes. These are pretty routine walks for us, especially on a weekend. Note for my New Urbanist friends: check out how far this is beyond the "5 minute walk" barometer that we seem to use as a holy measuring stick. I previously wrote about this same notion here in a discussion of "Walk Appeal."

I'll admit that the weather was pretty great this weekend, so even a normal walk became even that much more enjoyable. 

On Sunday it was a visit to some friends' house, who are sadly leaving Savannah for Miami. For that trip, we took food and drink with us, which simply meant throwing on a backpack and carrying a small bag for the walk. Here's a map of that walk:

 
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