Accessible places are those where you have a choice of how to get around. If you can choose to drive, walk, bike, or take the train, then you can do what makes the most sense. If you can only drive, then you have no choice, nor do any of the other people clogging the highway ahead of you. The New Urbanism has developed many tools over the past quarter-century to deliver transportation choice. And that choice must prefer self-propelled methods above those that are driven by engines, because transportation choice isn’t just about using less fuel, but must include the option of using no fuel at all. The benefits of walking and biking go beyond saving fuel, however, as they are the only modes of transportation that actually make you healthier. The New Urbanism now has a full toolbox for creating accessible places.
Accessible Places Resources
Accessible Places Bookshelf contains a growing collection of books that contribute to various aspects of accessible places.
Accessible Places Links
Google Maps now provide walking directions in addition to the driving directions they have provided for years.
The Correa Report is an excellent blog on urban design and sustainability that often deals with issues of accessible places. The blog has been dormant for awhile, but the material is still good, and I hope the author starts blogging again.
Accessible Places Blog Posts
Retirement vs. the Pursuit of Meaning highlights advantages accessible places have in attracting millions of Baby Boomers who are choosing second and third careers instead of retirement.
The Importance of On-Street Parking clarifies the enormous difference in environmental impact based on where we park cars.
The EPA and the Ultimate Betrayal tells the sordid story of the Kansas City EPA office and its move to a sprawling suburban place much less accessible, serviceable, or securable.
Costs of Sprawl - Part 1 looks at the direct costs of sprawl having to do with how we and our service providers get around.
The Web of Daily Life is an important self-diagnosis we all should do before parts of our Web of Daily Life get clipped.
Walkable Paradise takes the pulse of a number of highly walkable places against the standard of the Tourist Test.
The Green Academy - Or Not is a report card on today's architectural education measured by Original Green foundations.
The Gizmo Green Conundrum pits an icon of Gizmo Green (a Chicago parking deck promoting itself as being green) against the eight foundations of the Original Green.
The Grand Lie of Urban Forestry lays open misconceptions that largely prevent walkable streets in hot climates.
Losing the Second Battle of New Orleans sounds like a tragedy for preservation… and it is… but it's also bad news for walkability in this part of the city.
BP or Us? suggests that Pogo might be right: "we have met the enemy, and he is us."
A Gift to the Street makes the case that one of the best things we could do to promote the accessibility of a place is to give a Gift to the Street at every building.
Earth Day - A Symptom of Our Disease? takes a critical look at our habit of pledging allegiance to sustainability one day out of the year, but for getting the basics (like Accessible Places) for the rest of the year.
China Car Sales Overtake US examines the implications of China's ballooning demand for cars on fuel prices, and how places that are accessible and serviceable stand to gain as car-dependent places become much more expensive to get around.
LEED for Homes Awards - or - How To Shoot Yourself in the Foot measures award-winning homes against the foundation principles of the Original Green.
the Green Top 10 for 2010 proposes ten emerging sustainability trends.
Original Green Places - South Main examines a Colorado community through the lenses of Original Green foundations.
the WalMart Sustainability Index measures WalMart's new standard against the foundations of the Original Green.
Pedestrian Propulsion describes a more precise way of predicting the walkability of a street.
After Earth Day - What Next? What Can I Do? is the top ten things we each can do to be more sustainable, and includes making a living where you're living so your commute is very short, giving you more commuting choices, including walking.
Tiny Places - Mike & Patty's reveals the obvious: many small establishments spread across neighborhoods are much more likely to be walkable than mega-stores.
Why This Retail Glut? examines how today's oversupply of shopping malls and strip centers can kill the walkability of surrounding areas.
Parks and Sustainable Places catalogues several ways whereby parks make a neighborhood more walkable.
Porches, Walkability, and Sustainability looks at how the elements of the Private Frontage enhance walkability.
Diagramming the Original Green shows the relationship between the foundations of sustainable places and sustainable buildings.
New Urbanism and the Meltdown tells why New Urbanist places will continue to fare better post-Meltdown than suburban sprawl. One of the reasons is because they're accessible by a range of transport choices, including walking.
Towards Sustainable Architecture describes the foundation of principles of the New Urban Guild’s Project:SmartDwelling, which include the necessity of enhancing the accessibility of the surrounding place.
Sprawl - Cancer of the City lays out the malignant effect of sprawl upon our cities.
Gated Subdivisions decrease accessibility, and thereby create a lot of unforeseen problems.
Accessible Places on OGTV
Traffic Nightmare shows the transportation disaster that is São Paulo, Brazil.
Small Bike Racks illustrates how several small racks are better than a single large one.
Accessible Places Albums
São Paulo, Brazil illustrates the dilemmas that occur if we build a place where most people can only get around in cars.
Accessible Places Presentations
All presentations entitled "Original Green" on the Presentations page deal with all eight foundations of sustainability, including accessible places.