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Solving Fiscal Problems with Walking

Posted: Apr. 18th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

One of the best ways Atlanta can apparently make itself thrive is by building more pedestrian friendly locations for people to walk around. The theory is that more walking means less health issues, and less health issues means more money to use elsewhere.

It makes so much sense.

The most walkable cities are the healthiest cities — economically, environmentally and emotionally.

Designing our streets, sidewalks, public spaces and buildings for pedestrians could be the soundest infrastructure investments we could make — on multiple levels.

That’s the overarching message made by Jeff Speck, author of a new book called: Walkable City: How Downtown can save America one step at a time. Speck was in Atlanta last week speaking to a group of the Midtown Alliance and conducting an all-day workshop for the Congress of New Urbanism – Atlanta.

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