Towards a More Perfect Union…err, Walkable Dallas

If you know me or have followed this blog for any period of time you know that the Congress for the New Urbanism will be rolling into town next week.  The speaker roster is stellar and includes a number of my professional heroes and colleagues doing some of the best work and research in the world.  Some of these include:

Jan Gehl.  Helped pedestrianize Times Square in NYC, has also helped transform Melbourne, Australia and Copenhagen into some of the most livable, vibrant cities on the planet.

Dr. Antwi Akom – on sustainable and equitable development in disadvantaged areas

Chris Leinberger – who researches the real estate premium of walkable places

Peter Calthorpe – on designing and building zero carbon cities

Mike Lydon – on tactical urbanism, the quick and cheap ways to make a big difference in public streets and safety

Jason Roberts – creator of the Better Block

ME! – Oh yeah, back to the important people…

Victor Dover, Andres Duany, Charles Montgomery, Doug Farr, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Joe Minicozzi, Chuck Marohn, Jarrett Walker, Jeff Tumlin, etc etc etc.  Basically everyone I look to, learn from, and read.

However, virtually all of them will be for registrants only.  We’ll have plenty of free events as well which I’ll be promoting later.  However, the one I’m happy to announce first, that will be free and open to the public will be…(drum roll)…

Can Dallas become a more walkable city? It better if it wishes to compete.

Jeff Speck!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at Latino Cultural Center.  Talk begins at noon, so arrive between 11:30 and noon.  Jeff will stay behind to answer questions and sign books after his lecture.


  • Linda Rains

    Wonderful that they’re coming to Dallas to discuss. I hope that what they discuss in these private gatherings is shared outward at some point.

    But, TBH, I’m actually more interested in when this city will be doing something about the non-walkable streets and car-obsessed (and entitled-driver) culture they’ve created and fostered. There are a lot of very simple and basic changes that could be made to make a difference. Doesn’t take a Congress to see them.