Don’t blame the weather

“What North American city has the most linear feet of successful retail-fronted sidewalks?
Toronto
What developed country has the highest share of urban trips going to walking instead of driving?
Sweden
How many months out of the year do sidewalk cafes stay open in Copenhagen?
Twelve

The lesson we learn from these places is that walking down a narrow, shop-lined street in icy Boston or sweltering Savannah is a vastly superior experience to walking down an arterial between parking lots and car dealerships on San Diego’s best day. Get the design right and people will walk in almost any climate.”

– Jeff Speck in “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time”

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