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. 

Pedestrian-only streets: how awful

Yes, I'm joking. But for many years there's been a running theme in the planning and development world that pedestrian-only streets can never work and that having cars on the street is always preferable. They simply won't work otherwise. It's common even among many of my most respected friends and colleagues. 

I know, I know: density, captive market, yadda yadda yadda. But can we at least start to have a conversation about how much better such streets are for humans?

Today's installment from Streetfilms - the pedestrian streets of Guadalajara: