Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism. He is the author of Walkable City, Walkable City Rules, and other books, and has been in private planning practice since 2007. He is a partner in the urban planning firm Speck Dempsey.

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Ten rules for cities about automated vehicles

Traditional urbanism evolved over millennia to meet human needs. The adoption of AVs should not be allowed to replace time-tested places with something that would probably make our lives worse.
JEFF SPECKFEB. 27, 2020
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Why your city needs a downtown ‘walkability plan’

Here are 10 tactics to plan for better walkability with immediate implementation, improving safety and reviving a city center in the process.
JEFF SPECKMAR. 4, 2024