Cities, Walk-able, Ride-able, Sit-able?

I like this idea, from Sourceable.

An excerpt.

Urban planners and landscape architects have recently been consumed by the idea of making cities more active and walkable to promote healthy lifestyles and outdoor activity.

Though they remain integral focuses of city design for tourists and locals alike, a new shift towards cities which place a greater emphasis on sitting is proving popular.

There has been a surge of pop-up restaurants across Australia’s major cities, and events such as Park(ing) Day that promote social inclusion and reinvigoration of central business districts. Sit-able cities would aim to create an environment which fosters a more permanent, participatory role in the community and society as a whole.

“Sit-able rather than walk-able cities are key, interdisciplinary focal points where the delight of ‘placemaking’ and cultural traditions of ‘watching the world go by’ merge with the sometimes conflicting domains of law and politics, economic development, public safety, gentrification and the homeless,” said attorney at law Charles Wolfe.

Essentially, when there are more places to sit, people are more likely to communicate and people from all spectrums and walks of life collide in conversation.

Wolfe believes the shift to a sit-able city would assist in enhancing society’s understanding of place.

Sit-able cities welcome locals and tourists to sit down and immerse themselves in the culture of the place, whether it be through communication with strangers, eating food, or observing the movements of others. A sit-able city is inclusive and makes joining and participating easy for everyone.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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