TED Conversations

Jamia Wilson

TED Prize Storyteller, TED Prize

This conversation is closed.

What is your favorite city to explore on foot?

Upcoming TEDCity2.0 speaker Jeff Speck believes that "walkability" is what makes cities thrive. http://blog.ted.com/2013/09/09/the-most-walkable-cities-in-the-world/

  • thumb
    Sep 14 2013: I think Rome has got to be the most amazing city to explore on foot... at every corner there is some incredible architecture, source of history and stories, great coffee and wonderful pizza and gelatti. And that's it in a nutshell. Love it :)
  • Sep 13 2013: Charleston, South Carolina. It's small enough that you can walk everywhere, and it is the perfect combination of modern and historical. Charleston's only a short distance from the best beaches in the state, and has some of the best food and shopping!
  • Sep 16 2013: Tibet, very mystery place,
  • thumb
    Sep 16 2013: Stockholm. I've been there several times and once managed to walk 17 km during a rainy day. It was still amazing!
    • thumb
      Sep 16 2013: Oh my...17 km!! You are really an iron girl :-)
    • Sep 17 2013: Wow. Walking is awesome. It's the best way to experience an environment. Good for you.
  • Sep 14 2013: On foot, its got to be Florence, Italy, one of the world's most beautiful cities with history and great art seen on every street corner.
  • Sep 14 2013: Boston. It is amazing seeing everything.
  • thumb
    Sep 14 2013: That would be Saint Augustine, Florida. one of the oldest cities in the United States. There are so many old building there since the time of the first Spanish settlements.
    • W T 100+

      • 0
      Sep 14 2013: Oooh, that is one of the ones that came to my mind.

      It's just the right size to walk all over in a day's time.
      The fact that it is by the water is a big plus!!!
      • thumb
        Sep 14 2013: It really is a wonderful place. I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, next to St. Augustine. I've spent a lot of time there, especially on the beach, surfing.
  • thumb
    Sep 14 2013: I live near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa has a very Art Deco feel to the downtown area. There are influences of Native American and the future as well. In my travels, I have enjoyed walking many downtown areas. Charlotte, NC is amazing, everywhere I went I met friendly and helpful people. New Orleans is always inviting and fun. Washington, D.C. has so many things to do for free, all the museums and government in the works! What I have noticed when I am away from home is how much more of other cities I can see in a short span of time. It's alot like thinking you will visit the zoo but it's always there and we don't have to go right now. Everyone should not only take the time to smell the flowers, but make the time to investigate interesting features of "HOME". Pretend you are out of town and see what your hometown has to offer!
  • Sep 14 2013: Can I choose two? Chicago or New Orleans...
  • thumb
    Sep 14 2013: Parts of Philadelphia are amazing to explore on foot, especially the historic Center City. I love walking down a brick sidewalk and finding something I'd never have seen while speeding by.
    I love history, so it's amazing that within a few blocks near Washington Square, you can find the jaw-dropping museum & archives of the Mother Bethel Church: http://www.motherbethel.org/mus.php ... the house where the first carbonated soft drink was served in the US http://www.visitphilly.com/history/philadelphia/the-physick-house/ ... and an eternal flame that burns for the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War http://www.ushistory.org/tour/tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier.htm
    And all this stuff exists in working neighborhoods full of houses, stores and offices. In downtown Philly, most people walk to where they need to go, and it's fun to see the tourists and nerds mixing with busy people just going about their day!
  • thumb
    Sep 18 2013: Maybe an international City like Dubai where you have access to all different kind of food and culture
    Maybe a small village those in Italy or Bokhara that you find original traditional food made by housewife
  • Sep 16 2013: Prague! We spent 5 days there in May and walked over 10 miles a day, every bit of it filled with wonderful people and views. I've been to many of the cities mentioned by other commenters and by far, Prague has been my favorite.
  • Sep 16 2013: I think that every city has a reason to be explored on foot.
    My personal experience regards Istanbul. I can ensure that walking into its neighborhoods ( Fener , Balat , Kadikoy ) it can feel a particular emotion , because there are many cultural and religious contraddictions, that makes it a city of thousand souls.
  • Sep 16 2013: Siem Reap, Cambodia. Hands down! Between the night market and the ancient templed city of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap offers a barrage of S.E Asian culture, in a way that no other city in the region does, you will NOT be disappointed.
  • thumb
    Sep 16 2013: I agree with the idea that walking makes any city way more interesting. Though it is easier to walk aroud cities like New York, or Porto Alegre (Brasil) because they are easier than, say, San Francisco with all the hills and slopes - though New York can be complicated due to the amount of people walking in a hurry -, I've found fascinating places even in Bonn while getting lost. And San Francisco is worth the effort.
  • thumb
    Sep 16 2013: Any city I love exploring on foot as that's the best way of exploration to me .
  • thumb
    Sep 16 2013: Probably Edinburgh, because it has its own mountain in the middle with fantastic views over the city - great to see on foot.
  • Sep 16 2013: What about Paris ?
  • Sep 16 2013: Sounds trite, but love exploring the city I am in at the time and seeing the same places at different times of day/week. For example, the Financial District in NY is completely different on Saturday/Sunday to a weekday.
  • thumb
    Sep 16 2013: To me – it is the unknown city. I love to spread out the map and go.
  • Sep 16 2013: Walking around Florence is like time travelling. The city really was made for walking.
  • thumb
    Sep 16 2013: Tokyo...
  • thumb
    Sep 16 2013: I was going to campaign for Amsterdam, and I will: it's a great walking city, with its historical renaissance architecture.
    But then I noticed that no one has mentioned Santa Fe and Taos, in New Mexico, US. These are the great art towns of the American west, associated with Georgia O'Keefe and her New York cohort. Mexican stucco architecture, and a journey back to the early 1900s.
  • Sep 15 2013: I would say that it is either a tossup between Tokyo and Hong Kong. Both have their charms. Hong Kong is just an awesome walk. The city is covered in elevated foot paths, and subway tunnels, and there are foot tunnels connecting most of the subway stations, as well as places that the trains do not go.
  • thumb
    Sep 15 2013: Bratislava.

    Little, funny sculptures on every corner. Beautiful, old buildings.

    Apart from that - Balmora, Vivec and Leyawiin. The last three are cities in computer games, but I remember them as vividly as the first one. Yes. I know I'm a nerd.
    Best wishes.
    • W T 100+

      • 0
      Sep 15 2013: Not fair Anna.......LOL
  • Sep 15 2013: Try Valencia, Spain during Fallas in February. 300 wonderful 'fallas' in every Barrio, papier mache statues the size of houses which are all burned to the ground on the last night. Chocolate and churros, fireworks and parades. A great street festival.
  • Sep 15 2013: I love walking through any city or town to discover its hidden treasures: London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Accra, Paris, Vancouver, Windermere, Blackpool, Phoenix, Sucre, Claresholm, Dieppe, ... The key is not the city but the walking.
  • Sep 15 2013: Barcelona! Lovely to walk along the Medieval quarter in the centre of the city and discover the small, hidden squares and its narrow streets. Little bits of magnificent beauty. Incomparable.
  • Sep 15 2013: Any smaller city in Canada.

    Kingston, Ontario was the most recent.

    Neat architecture, great restaurants and bakeries, friendly people, and no fear of finding myself in a place where I might feel unsafe.
  • Sep 15 2013: I can relate to that. Was a long time ago but new orleans was fantastic, and great food too!