Dan Burden, a nationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian-friendly urban design, discusses some of the best communities being developed today - communities for people, not just cars.
Burden will share his observations of his own "walking audit" of downtown San Jose- The Commonwealth Club of California
Dan Burden is a nationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, street corridor and intersection design, traffic flow and calming, and other design and planning elements that affect roadway environments.
He has had twenty-five years of experience in developing, promoting, and evaluating alternative transportation facilities, traffic calming practices, and sustainable community design. He served for sixteen years as Florida DOT's State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, and he presently works as executive director of Walkable Communities, Inc., a non-profit corporation helping North America develop walkable communities.
Connie Martinez is the executive director of the Children's Discovery Museum (CDM) of San Jose. She is the former chair of the San Jose Arts and Culture Roundtable and a co-founder of 1st ACT.
Phil Williams heads the "Sustainability" and "Systems Engineering" groups as a vice president at Webcor Builders.
Walkable Communities Inc. founder Dan Burden discusses the changes that need to take place in the way city planners and engineers are educated to improve how they work together to design better communities.
Dan Burden explains what makes the walkability of a community so valuable. He ties walkability - and cities that are built for people rather than cars - to quality of life, which has dropped in America over the past several decades.
Programs pursued as a means of improving the urban environment and achieving certain social and economic objectives. Evidence of urban planning can be found in the ruins of ancient cities, including orderly street systems and conduits for water and sewage. During the Renaissance, European city areas were consciously planned to achieve circulation of the populace and provide fortification against invasion. Such concepts were exported to the New World, where William Penn, in founding the city of Philadelphia, developed the standard gridiron planthe laying out of streets and plots of land adaptable to rapid change in land use. Modern urban planning and redevelopment arose in response to the disorder and squalor of the slums created by the Industrial Revolution. The urban planner best known for his transformation of Paris was Georges-Eugène Haussmann. City planners imposed regulatory laws establishing standards for housing, sanitation, water supply, sewage, and public health conditions, and introduced parks and playgrounds into congested city neighbourhoods. In the 20th century, zoningthe regulation of building activity according to use and locationcame to be a key tool for city planners. See alsoPierre-Charles L'Enfant.
This is a wonderful, 5-star presentation, and the viewer by design can see Mr. Burden and his slides. But its value is 70% lost because the camera operator apparently felt he/she had to be creative by zooming in on Mr. Burden, thereby losing so much of the value. I am so frustrated by not being able to see what he was referring to. Please either send the operator back for training or replace them. Thank you.
I agree with the sentiments of the two previous commenters. Whoever operated the camera gave no consideration to the viewers who were not at the presentation. It is much more important to view the slides in reference to what is being said than what the presenter looks like when he says it.