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. 

New Infrastructure Will Put an End to Sprawl

Urban sprawl seems to be a problem throughout the United States.

Watch President Obama respond to a question from a councilwoman in Florida concerned about transportation infrastructure in her district.

Obama: The days of building sprawl forever are gone

Court Washington

The economic stimulus bill could possibly put an end to urban sprawl. In an article from The Pitch, Kevin Klinkenberg discusses the problem sprawl causes in Kansas City:

"Kansas City is as spread out as any city in the world," Klinkenberg notes. "We've poured all of our collective and individual wealth into horizontal infrastructure, and it is literally bankrupting us." When we're so spread out, with so little mass transit, we're dependent on cars for all economic activity. "So if you lose your job, or if gas prices go up, you are hit especially hard since we essentially have no real functioning system for getting around other than driving. That's a tremendous waste of human capital."