has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has
boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of a modern
metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a
vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the
car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often
not worth arriving at. In this essential new book, Speck reveals the invisible
workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we
can all make the right choices for our communities. Bursting with sharp
observations and real-world examples, giving key insight into what urban
planners actually do and how places can and do change, Walkable City (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, $27) lays out a practical, necessary, and eminently achievable
vision of how to make our normal American cities great again.
Lovable serial killer Serge Storms is back and
coming to the rescue of a Midwestern couple who aren't finding Florida quite as
charming as he does in The Riptide Ultra-Guide (William Morrow,
$25.99), the sixteenth installment in Tim Dorsey's bestselling series.
When newly unemployed Patrick and Barbara McDougal decide a vacation in Florida
is just what they need to put life back on the right track, awful
accommodations, a robbery, and a not-so-helpful police department make them
rethink their decision to drown their troubles in paradise. Luckily,
charismatic (and crazy) tour guide Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman, are
up for another action-packed adventure in this outrageous crime thriller that Tim
Dorsey fans won't soon forget.