Strong Towns Podcast
Episode 185

Kevin Klinkenberg: Why I Walk

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This week Chuck talks with Kevin Klinkenberg about his upcoming book, Why I Walk: Taking a Step in the Right Direction. You can follow Kevin and his work at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • George Lincoln

    Hi. Good Podcast.
    I discovered it through a website I visit called Green Energy Investors dotcom.
    Here's a comment from there:
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    America is full of fat, lazy car-driving boobs. Many Americans have stopped thinking, and just go on thinking the same old bad living patterns can go on forever. They mostly fail to realize the obvious benefits of walking - and, better yet, of living in a walkable neighborhood, where they can live without needing a car, as most of the world does. The damage that car-addicted Americans are causing to the environment, and to their own economy is huge. They are literally burning up their wealth when they buy gasoline, and are also shouldering the other high costs of car ownership. The average American uses three times as much oil as the average European, and maybe 8X as much as the average Chinese. With this ongoing wealth drain, they are every day, planting the seeds of a collapse in the dollar, which is now likely within the next 3-5 years. And a dollar collapse may bring a 30 to 50% downshift in the American standard of living. When it happens, the rest of the world will not care. They are likely to say; "It is about time America woke up, and changed permanently their wasteful habits. They can do that by building walkable neighborhoods, and an transport infrastructure around them, which permits allows people to live happily without cars. They should have started years earlier."
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  • Yury Korzun

    I am glad that are many people who are starting to realize that walkability is really important. I believe that if America fixes its food habits and changes attitude towards biking and walikng, it may become a really great country. Seeing some communities moving in that direction is really amazing.

    I immigrated from one of the former Soviet Union countries, and you can get anywhere by walking or public transit. But it was built that way out of necessity, not because it was cool. There was lack of private vehicles, so a lot of resources were invested into public transit and walkable cities. It is sad to see know a car becomes a cool thing and all new infrastructure is transit oriented. Only complete looses cannot afford a car and everyone must have one. And it leads to something even worse then suburbia - cheap high rise appartments - . There no enough resources to build american suburbia, so my country is sprawling with this kind of development.

    It makes me think that to truly understand importance of walkability you need to go though car-oriented phase. Because not having an option to drive a car is also awful. If you ever used a public transit during rush hour, you know what I mean. So, there needs to be a balance and all extremes are bad. As your guest mentioned - we need more options. We need more housing that is in between single family houses and rental apartments and we need more options in a way we commute. I personally started to walk more because I had health issues, and walking everyday cured me. I would like more people to have this options.

    I understand that crime is a big issue. Most people want to be safe and not face homeless people on the street. They want their children to play safely. If cities will figure out to provide that without forcing people to move into single family houses, that would be great. There are a lot of challenges.