Jeff Speck highlights how Portland shifted its priorities in the 1970s to contain urban growth and invest in walking and cycling. The Walkable City discusses the importance of cities supporting residents to be less car dependent and enjoy more sustainable, safe and healthy lifestyles.

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Sarah is an urban planner and artist from Melbourne Australia, currently living in Seattle. She has contributed to diverse long-term projects addressing housing, transportation, community facilities, heritage and public spaces with extensive consultation with communities and other stakeholders. Her articles for The Urbanist focus on her passion for the design of sustainable, inviting and inclusive places, drawing on her research and experiences around the world.