From the Back Cover
"This book could change the way people see the streets in their towns and cities. And it could help those towns and cities make streets for people, rather than their cars."
—Mayor Joe Riley, Charleston, South Carolina
"This fine book by Massengale and Dover is a treasure map to the long-buried trove of knowledge, skill, and principle needed to build better places for the human project to dwell in."
—From the Afterword by James Howard Kunstler
Victor Dover and John Massengale know how to fix America's neighborhoods, cities, and towns: make them walkable again. That begins with great streets where people want to be, where they feel comfortable, safe, and charmed by their surroundings. Street Design looks at hundreds of streets old and new, shows us what works and what doesn't, and reveals the secrets behind designing beautiful streets and walkable places.
This useful and transformative guide:
- Shows examples of over 150 excellent streets and explains why they are successful and how they were designed and created
- Reveals crucial elements that many modern street designs lack
- Offers step-by-step instruction on how to design new streets and improve existing ones to create more walkable cities and towns
- Highlights common street-design challenges and ways they can be addressed through placemaking
- Features more than 500 color and black-and-white photos
- Includes contributions from twenty of the leading design experts in the field, including Andrés Duany, Lèon Krier, and the former mayor of Milwaukee
Street Design is the ideal handbook for urban designers, civic leaders, architects, city planners, engineers, and landscape architects, and essential reading for any person who wants to make their community walkable and create memorable streets that are not mere routes to someplace else, but the great places to which other routes lead.
About the Author
Victor Dover, FAICP, is cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning based in Coral Gables, Florida, a design practice focused on restoring healthy neighborhoods as the basis for sound communities and regions. He is former national chair of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) and lead designer of more than 150 neighborhoods, urban revitalization programs, and regional plans across the United States and abroad.
John Montague Massengale, AIA, is an architect and urban designer in New York City. He is a board member of the CNU, which has been called "the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post–Cold War era" and a former Director of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. With Robert A. M. Stern, he was coauthor of New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 1890–1915 and The Anglo-American Suburb.