Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Street Design Book Released to Critical Acclaim

Reviews are pouring in for Victor Dover & John Massengale's new book Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns. "Authoritative... eloquent... beautifully written... generously illustrated... magnificent..." (Better Cities & Towns) and "This book is exactly what we need at this time" (International Making Cities Livable). In the transformative, illustrated guide, the authors take a closer look at streets—both old and new—to demonstrate what works and what doesn’t. The publication features more than 150 streets with illustrations and a discussion about why they are successful and how they were created. More than 500 photos and drawings (most never before published), reveal the details behind beautiful, walkable places.

Philip Langdon offers a thorough and thoughtful review for Better Cities & Towns:

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, the director of the International Making Cities Livable Conference shares her generous review:

Marianne Cusato interviews Victor Dover for The Huffington Post about what makes great streets:

Additional praise for Street Design from around the country:

“Your charrette traveling library must include the important Street Design book by Victor Dover and John Massengale.”
—Bill Lennertz, Executive Director, National Charrette Institute

“What an amazing resource! For those who wish that my book, Walkable City, had pictures, this is the book for you. If either your work or your play includes the making of places, you will find Street Design to be an invaluable tool.”
—Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, Hon. ASLA

Street Design is a lucid, practical and altogether indispensable guide for envisioning and creating vibrant 21st century towns and cities. It should be required reading for every local political leader, planner, architect, real estate developer and engaged urban citizen in America.”
—Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360 and author of True Believers

“This book could change the way people see the streets in their towns and cities. And it could help those towns and cities make streets for people, rather than their cars.”
—Mayor Joe Riley, Charleston, South Carolina

“It is one of the best books I have gotten my hands on for people that care or should care about creating Thriving Communities for People and Prosperity. This book should be used in every local jurisdiction and university across the nation and globe.”
—Bryan Jones, Public Works Director, City of Fremont, California

“Victor Dover and John Massengale have just delivered the definitive reference volume on how to make our streets great.”
—Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council

“Communities are competing for young workers who want great neighborhoods. Until now, the role of streets in creating great places has been hidden in plain sight. After this book you won't look at your favorite street the same way again.” 

—Geoff Anderson, President, Smart Growth America

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