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Walkable USA

Trailer for the new documentary Walkable USA. The film follows the efforts of Hammond, Indiana and city planner Jeff Speck as they work to revive the city's downtown. Directed by: Tom Desch Edit By: Mike Meyer Major support for this program was provided by the Efroymson Family Fund, South Shore Convention and Visitor's Authority, Legacy Foundation, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Indiana Humanities, Indiana Landmarks, Illinois Arts Council. Additional Footage Courtesy Lakeshore PBS
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Walkable USA Public Screening

Join us for a public screening at the Indiana Welcome Center of the local documentary Walkable USA. Conversate with the film's creators and enjoy the beautiful ambiance of the welcome center.

  • Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm
  • Indiana Welcome Center
    7770 Corinne Dr.
    Hammond, IN 46323

Register here

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About The Film

In the late 20th and early 21st century, downtown Hammond, Indiana, once a thriving commercial and civic center, was all but abandoned. Fast forward to the 2020s, and the community sees a path forward to revitalize an area that was once a point of civic pride. To do so, they’ve enlisted the help of city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck. Speck, along with his mentors Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, is considered one of the leading voices of New Urbanism, a movement which promotes alternatives to suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment.

Central to Speck’s design philosophy is the power of people walking. His work aims to shift the design and scale of cities from the car to the individual. These changes result in safer streets, and in older “legacy” communities they can help reinvigorate neighborhoods where many could not imagine such transformations taking place. Walkable USA explores the impact of city planning on our society, and the film uses Hammond as an in-progress case study of a possible solution to years of car-centric design.

Watch Walkable USA on Lakeshore PBS!
March 1 | 9 AM
March 22 | 4 PM
March 29 | 9 PM