Walk [Your City]

Over at Slate there's an interesting excerpt about Walk [Your City], a signage system (if that's the word) aimed addressing the "it's too far to walk" issue in cities.

(Just based on our experience, the more you walk or take the bus, the more your mental map of a place -- and sense of how far/close things are -- starts to morph. Spots that once seemed far often start feeling closer.)

[Thanks, chrisck]

Comments

What I love about this idea is that it changes the mental mindset from something being, say, 1 mile away to being 15 min. away. A mile is kind of hard for a lot of people to conceptualize, but we all understand that 15 min. is not that long a walk.

This is genius. I completely agree with chrisck... saying something is just a 15 minute walk away is much more attractive and concrete than saying something is a mile away. Let's spread these signs throughout Albany.

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