lisa's reviews

Reading is the only thing in the world I am good at. A lifetime of reading, fifteen years of working in bookstores, and libraries, and an obsession with the written word makes me qualified enough to talk someone's ear off about books.  Now I am getting more ARCs than I have room for in the house.  Let me get back to reading them!

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time - Jeff Speck I really enjoyed this book and it inspired me to think of the layout of cities in a different way. It was nice to read it when I did, since we are thinking about buying a house soon, so this book will be something we keep in mind as we look. However, (and this is my gripe with every book on this subject) I think one of the cool things about this country is that it was built from so much empty space. The author never addresses how we can make more rural areas accessible by alternative transportation, or how investing in alternative fuel sources could really benefit this country of small towns. We are not Europe, and much of the country doesn't have a big city close by. I love urban living, and would prefer to live in a place where I can run my errands without a car, but for much of this country that is simply not an option.