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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, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to joining the endowment, Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co. He is author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time and the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual.

What is a Walkability Study, and Why Should You Do One?

A Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network event

Jeff Speck, one the nation’s leading pedestrian experts, joined the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network to explain his approach in Oklahoma City and other communities, how walkability...

Jeff Speck, one the nation’s leading pedestrian experts, joined the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network to explain his approach in Oklahoma City and other communities, how walkability studies are conducted, and how local planners can work with neighborhoods, business groups and citizens to complete similar studies of their own.

Webinar: New Discoveries and New Work

Jeff Speck and Jarrett Walker Explore Walkable City and Human Transit

In this webinar, Jeff Speck and Jarrett Walker share their recent insights, projects on the boards, and took part in a lively conversation with each other. 

Jeff Speck and Jarrett Walker have created some of the most important planning books of the past decade. In this webinar, these authors shared their recent insights, projects on the boards, and took part in a lively conversation with each other. 

The webinar was hosted by Smart Growth Network and the Maryland Department of Planning

CNU Webcast with Jeff Speck on Walkable City Rules

CNU's Membership Engagement Manager Jay Shepley speaks with Jeff Speck about his new book, Walkable City Rules; 101 Steps to Making Better...

CNU's Membership Engagement Manager Jay Shepley speaks with Jeff Speck about his new book, Walkable City Rules; 101 Steps to Making Better Places during their November webcast. During this conversation, Jay asks people about Jeff's new book, diving into why a rule book is needed and how it's a benefit to the new urbanist community. 

CNU as an organization believes that well designed cities and neighborhoods are crucial for health, economy, and the environment. This is discussed throughout Jay's talk with Jeff.