City and Regional Planning

Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places

Cities across the globe have been designed with a primary goal of moving people around quickly—and the costs are becoming ever more apparent. The consequences are measured in smoggy air basins, sprawling suburbs, a failure to stem traffic congestion, and 1.25 million traffic fatalities each year. It is clear that change is needed. Instead of planning primarily for mobility, our cities should recalibrate planning and design to focus on the safety, health, and access of people in them.

In Beyond Mobility (Island Press, December 2017), Erick Guerra, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning; Stefan Al, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning; and Robert Cervero, Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley, show how a stronger focus on accessibility and place creates better communities, environments, and economies.
 
Beyond Mobility is about prioritizing the needs and aspirations of people and the creation of great places. Throughout the book, the authors provide an optimistic outlook about the potential to transform places for the better. Drawing on their own experiences and case studies from a range of cities and countries around the globe, they show how planning for people is already underway. Examples range from car-free districts in Cambridge, England, to suburban transformations in Tysons, VA, to urban greenways and land reclamation in Seoul, South Korea.

Throughout, Beyond Mobility emphasizes the need to rethink project planning and design at multiple scales—from micro-designs such as parklets to corridors and city-regions. The book closes with a reflection on the opportunities and challenges in moving beyond mobility, with attention to emerging technologies such as self-driving cars and ride-hailing services and social equity topics such as accessibility, livability, and affordability.