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Speaking event to uncover the Austin's potential to become a "walkable city"

Many accommodations can be found close to downtown
Many accommodations can be found close to downtown
Photo by Vivien Killilea

WalkAustin, a group organized to make the city of Austin a more "walkable city," is hosting a public talk on May 6 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, located downtown on 8th & Trinity, from 6:30pm to 8pm.

According to the group, "Making a city more walkable involves becoming less car-dependent, encouraging compact and connected development and policies that promote travel on foot, bike or public transit. That leaves a lot of room for improvement in a city striving to become more compact and connected."

City planner and urban designer Jeff Speck is leading the talk. His visit to Austin will highlight some best practices to help increase the city's walkability, which in turn will improve the economic, physical, and environmental health of our community.

Speck's book "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time" is helping influence the design of communities nationwide. Speck has previously worked on downtown master plans, waterfront visions, urban and suburban infill plans, transit-oriented designs, street plans, and walkability studies for communities, all of which are in the works in Austin.