“In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music.” – Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
A lot of factors are involved in making a city successfully walkable. Good architecture and spacious clean pavements have become a basic necessity to build good streetscapes. Having large streetscapes and sidewalks which are neatly paved could be one advantage to a walkable city. According to 5 Walkable Cities by Maria Trimarchi, “Pedestrian cities embrace the sustainable ideas of New Urbanism: mixed-use developments, high-density urban design and a downtown that is transit-based.”
One such city which has successfully supported walking is New York City. It has been ranked as one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the world with spacious sidewalks and a very efficient subway train system. As highlighted in the video below, the street grid of New York with logically numbered streets and various street amenities makes it very easy to stroll around the city.