Posts Tagged ‘walkability’

Mark Fenton of Tufts University has an incisive presentation on the importance of walking and walkability for people’s well-being, and the role of public policy in designing pedestrian-friendly cities. He points out that ancient cities were built for walking. In Pompeii, pictured below, sidewalks were part of the streetscape design.

Pompei 10

Pompei 13

I don’t know how to say this nicely, but I found downtown Atlanta to be a depressing mix of high rises and parking lots.  Skywalks (or whatever they’re called) link buildings above the street level, reducing what little incentive there was for pedestrians to use the sidewalks.

Skywalk above the streets of Atlanta

More skywalks.

Away from downtown Atlanta, a breath of fresh air near Little Five Points.

Philadelphia is one of my favorite cities, period.  The city is infused with history, is great for pedestrians, has a diverse population and distinctive neighborhoods. The sidewalks range from concrete to brick, wide and narrow, well-kept and not so much.

Center City, walking towards City Hall.

11th Street near Chinatown

South St near 11th St

Sidewalk cafe in Rittenhouse Square with a Parisian vibe

Narrow sidewalks on an narrow street (or is it an alley?) near Fitler Square.

Sidewalk in/near Northern Liberties overgrown with weeds.

Italian Market

The sidewalk on Brandywine Street could use a little sprucing up

Metal poles standing guard in Chinatown

A shady sidewalk near University City

Chicago’s sidewalks

Posted: August 27, 2010 in sidewalks
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Downtown Chicago has wide sidewalks that are great for strolling (and rolling).

Pigeons are a menace to sidewalks and pedestrians everywhere.

Not your run-of-the-mill planters.

In April 2010, Brasilia celebrated its 50th birthday as a city. When Brasilia was conceived, car was king. Even today, there are sections of the grand Monumental Axis (the equivalent of the National Mall in Washington DC) where there are no sidewalks for pedestrians. Along streets that lack  sidewalks, pedestrians have forged dirt paths.

Sidewalk leading to the Congresso Nacional (National Congress).

A dirt path near the Catedral Metropolitana (Cathedral of Brasilia).

Sidewalk-- and free curb-side parking-- along the Monumental Axis.

Sidewalk market near the Cathedral of Brasilia.

Public trash bin

Public space recycling

Sidewalk in a neo "Portuguese pavement" style. (The more traditional Portuguese pavement style is a tapestry of many small stones, whereas this sidewalk has long, thin pavers).

Portuguese pavement and sewer manhole cover.

manhole cover for a stormwater pipe (courtesy of Tia Mari)

stormwater manhole cover


(courtesy of M.)

another stormwater manhole cover

triangular mahhole cover (courtesy of M.)

A disintegrating sidewalk in Fez


In Meknes- looks like there was money to repave the road but not fix the sidewalk that was probably broken up in the course of repaving the road.

Layoune, Western Sahara. Like in Meknes, there was a willingness to fix the road but not the sidewalk.



Casablanca. Too often, sidewalks were treated as dumping grounds.

Dakhla, Western Sahara.