Walking Home

Walking Home

The Life and Lessons of A City Builder

Book - 2011
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From a youth spent in the boroughs of New York City and other great cities of the world, to his beginnings as an architect in Toronto, Ken Greenberg has long recognized that cities at their best provide much of what we seek in a place to call home. Community, places of culture and business that we can walk to, mass transit and a wealth of amenities that couldn't be supported without a city's density: the mid-century drive to suburbanization deprived us of these inherent advantages of urban living. The realization of this loss, in tandem with pressing recent concerns about energy scarcity and global warming, has made us see cities with fresh eyes and a growing understanding that they can provide us with an unparalleled measure of sustainability. Ken Greenberg has not only advocated for the renewal of downtown cores, he has for thirty years designed the very means by which that renewal can happen. Walking Home is both Ken's story and a lesson in turning the world's urban spaces back into places that can give us not only a platform to face the challenges of the future, but also a place we can call, with pride and satisfaction, home.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9780307358141
Characteristics: 384 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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PorcusWallabee Nov 18, 2012

Despite being a little dry and formulaic in its structure and approach, Walking Home did succeed in giving me (a beginner) a new sense and appreciation for cities in general as well as some starting points for striving towards a resilient city.

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Jan 30, 2012

This is certainly a good read. However, it is by no means a comprehensive book about urban planning. Much to my disappointment, the author focuses on Eastern Canadian cities, primarily Toronto, and fails to acknowledge any positive developments happening in the rest of Canada (cities such as Edmonton are pretty much dismissed, even though there have been great efforts to renew urban spaces in recent years).
I would recommend this book, as it is interesting, but keep in mind that it is largely about his own professional experiences, rather than an overview of city planning in general.

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