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. 

Suggested Reading

Friday, May 2, 2014:

James Fallows explores America's small towns and their downtowns. It's a good lead-in to this piece that I authored about their future prospects. You can purchase a print-ready version of it here.

Katie Matchett makes a great point about the chart below that's made the rounds on the internets this week, courtesy of Bill Gates:

As many of the comments on this blog post have noted, the latest figures from the World Health Organization show that last year 1.24 million people died in traffic crashes. Not only does that number trump malaria deaths, it's on par (or higher, depending on the year) with deaths from HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

I really dislike sites that make you click through slide shows to get to the point, but this one from Bob Vila does have some fun items to peruse. It's a post titled 15 Old House Features we were Wrong to Abandon. It's a fun read for a Friday, and does show how much more thought we used to put into houses before we became obsessed with square footage.