In this episode, I reconnect with
Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City and Walkable City Rules

We discuss some important reflections, learnings, and updates featured in a new 10th anniversary version of Walkable City which will be out soon

Video version of the episode

Walkable City which came out ten years ago was a breakout success as a book about the why and how of creating walkable vibrant downtowns and helped bring the concept of walkability into the mainstream consciousness AND breaking news, it is being re-released as a special 10th-anniversary edition with a new forward by Janette Sadik-Khan and as you will learn in this video over 100 pages of new content provided as an update to the original text.  It is expected out by November 2022. Jeff and I talk about this and much more in this episode.

Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):
– Jeff’s website
– Harvard Class
– Suburban Nation
– Walkable City (original version) if you can wait until the updated version is available in November
– Walkable City Rules
– The Congress for the New Urbanism website
– James Howard Kunstler – The Geography of Nowhere
– James Howard Kunstler – Home from Nowhere
– Urban Sprawl and Public Health by Frumkin, Jackson and Frank
– Green Metropolis by David Owens
– The Option of Urbanism by Christopher B. Leinberger
– The High Cost of Free Parking by Don Shoup
– Landing page for my episode w/ Don Shoup
– Playlist of my five CNU30 OKC videos
– My video highlighting Cambridge, MA continuous elevated sidewalk and cycle path
– My interview with Cara Seiderman
– My Carmel, IN – Monon Blvd video
– Strong Towns book by Chuck Marohn
– Confessions of a Recovering Engineer book by Chuck Marohn
– Jeff on the Strong Towns Podcast
– Culdesac video
– Culdesac website

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Resources used during the production of this episode:
– My awesome recording platform is Ecamm
– Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

Studio Equipment:
– Main MIcrophone Sennheiser Pro Audio MKH416-P48U3
– Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio
– Additional Microphone – Shure MV7
– Camera – Sony ZV-E10 (currently sold out)
– Lens – Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens
– Elgato Cam Link 4k
– Elgato Streamdeck XL*
– Elgato Streamdeck (*you may not need the XL)

Editing Computer System:
– Apple MacBook Pro 16″ 2021 M1 Pro
– LG 34WP88C-B 34-inch Curved 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440×1440) IPS Display with Ergo Stand

All video, audio, and music production by me, John Simmerman

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Hi Everyone, my name is John Simmerman.

I’m a health promotion professional with over 30 years of experience and my area of concentration has evolved into a specialization of how the built environment influences human behavior related to active living and especially active mobility.

In 2012 I launched the non-profit Advocates for Healthy Communities as an effort to help promote and create healthy, active places.

Since that time I’ve been exploring, documenting, and profiling established, emerging, and aspiring Active Towns wherever they might be, in order to produce high-quality multimedia content to help inspire the creation of more safe and inviting, environments that promote a “Culture of Activity” for “All Ages & Abilities”.

My Active Towns suite of channels feature my original video and audio content and reflections, including a selection of podcast episodes and short films profiling the positive and inspiring efforts happening around the world as I am able to experience and document them.

Thanks for tuning in, I hope you find this content helpful.

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Advocates for Healthy Communities, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 organization (EIN 45-3802508) dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity. Any donations collected are used specifically to support the organization’s mission.

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