- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Island Press; 3rd ed. edition (December 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597269727
- ISBN-13: 978-1597269728
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives 3rd ed. Edition
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In Human Transit, noted blogger and consultant Jarrett Walker supplies the basic tools, the critical questions, and the means to make smarter decisions about designing and implementing transit services.
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Any politician or urban planner could benefit from Walker's insights. He does not prescribe solutions, but he describes the crucial choices that are always made, either by design or default. I hope that transit leaders in my home town of Seattle have this book handy when they are thinking about the future of our city.
For each of the choices offered it explains them with good strong and distinct examples form many parts of the world, so it is grounded in the current reality. It make one dogmatic proposals but expects that the reality will end up being a bit messier than the pure intent. It acknowledges that in a democratic society, politics is a very strong force and that planners need to bring along public opinion or at least their representatives to any changes that they propose to improve the current situation where you live.
Well recommended for anybody interesting in transit and it ability to transform the lives of citizens and the urban landscape that we live for the better.
I particularly appreciated his simple diagrams which he skillfully combines with real world examples.
Finally, he (at least in this book) isn't partisan. There are tough decisions faced in considering transit, many of which are between two (or more) contradictory goals. He explains them well, but doesn't try to force you towards his preferred answer. Indeed, he explicitly recognizes that these are fundamentally political decisions and, as such, lays out the planner's duty to both inform the politicians on the need for (and consequences of) fundamental decisions and to design a system that follows once the political decisions are made.
This book is a must for those involved in development (or redevelopment) of their town. Smart decisions now can mean big savings and a better lifestyle in the future.