Walkability advocate, Dan Burden, audits American communities...on foot

CNU XV presenter featured in <em>Landscape Architecture</em>

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Landscape Architecture Magazine gives CNU member Dan Burden, of Walkable Communities, Inc., some quality press in their April 2007 edition. Burden, who clocks anywhere from 200-250 walking audits a year, is becoming a familiar face as he travels the nation with determination to create complete streetscapes, diagnosing the transportation-based woes of cities like Daphne, Alabama and Hamburg, New York. He travels light--measuring tape, a camera, and sturdy walking shoes--as his seasoned professional experience, impeccable vision, and contagious energy gain him popularity and credibility nearly everywhere he goes.

In case your community can't book Burden for a visit any time soon, attend his session at CNU XV! In Building Narrow Streets While Accommodating Timely Emergency Response, Dan Burden, along with Jim Ward and John Anderson, will discuss the advantages of narrow streets in creating walkable neighborhoods. They will identify ways that narrow streets can work for everyone, including fire operations and emergency responders.

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Landscape Architecture
April 2007
pp. 92-101

From the article: The greater the connectivity between home, school, work and the market, the more efficiently land will be used, Burden tells his companions on the walking audit. That message can be a hard sell in the 'burbs, however. Later that evening when he makes a public presentation to a crowd of at least 250 in Daphne, he asks the question he proffers every city and town he visits: "How many people walked or biked here to the Civic Center?" As predicted earlier in the day, no one raises a hand.

Baldwin County residents are as auto dependent as people anywhere in the United States. Yet they listen transfixed as Burden tells them it doesn't have to be this way. It may be harder to build human-scaled walkable communities, it may require changing rules and altering our ways of thinking, but Burden suggests that change is inevitable. "If we continue to use our land in the same way, within the next 10 years traffic will increase 25 percent--even if the population doesn't change," he warns.