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Why I Walk
Taking a Step in the Right Direction
This memoir of life as a committed pedestrian in a beautiful Southern city explores the many joys and benefits of walking as a way of life.
Raised on the notion that driving is the essence of freedom, many of us still cling to the belief that the American Dream is defined by a house in the suburbs and a car in the garage. But in Why I Walk, Kevin Klinkenberg shares a very different dream life—and a very different kind of freedom.
A few years ago, Kevin moved to Savannah, Georgia, from Kansas City, Missouri. In large part, he chose his new home because he was seeking a truly walkable place to live. Going beyond the typical arguments against suburbia, he shows how walking on a daily basis has improved his health, finances, social life, and sense of personal freedom.
By focusing directly on the real, measurable advantages of choosing to be a pedestrian, Why I Walk makes a convincing case for ending our love affair with the automobile—and rekindling the romance of walking.
Kevin Klinkenberg is the Principal Designer at K2 Urban Design. For more than two decades he has been working to create sustainable, sociable environments and walkable communities in cooperation with developers, cities and nonprofits. A huge fan of the sharing economy, Kevin recently established the car sharing company, Share Savannah, to help his neighbors realize their goals of living car-free or "car-light." He believes that the 21st century is a time to reclaim our lost traditions, connect better with each other and use our advanced technologies in ways that are much more human. Kevin blogs at www.kevinklinkenberg.com
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