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The humble act of putting one foot in front of the other transcends age, geography, culture, and class, and is one of the most economical and environmentally responsible modes of transit. Yet with our modern fixation on speed, this healthy pedestrian activity has been largely left behind. At a personal and professional crossroads, writer, editor and obsessive walker Dan Rubinstein travelled throughout the U.S., U.K., and Canada to walk with people who saw the act not only as a form of transportation and recreation, but also as a path to a better world. There are no magic-bullet solutions to modern epidemics like obesity, anxiety, alienation, and climate change. But what if there is a simple way to take a step in the right direction? Combining fascinating reportage, eye-opening research, and Rubinstein's own discoveries, Born to Walk explores how far this ancient habit can take us, how much repair is within range, and guarantees that you'll never again take walking for granted.

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Dan Rubinstein

Dan Rubinstein is a writer, editor, and consultant based in New York specializing in design, art, and culture. He is also the Home & Design Editor at Departures, and was the former Editor-in-Chief of Surface. He has contributed to a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Monocle, T Magazine, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Dwell, and Frame. As a freelance curator, he organizes the ongoing public programming series "The Home Front: American Design Now" at the Museum of Arts and Design, including the physical exhibition "After the Museum" as co-curator in 2013. He has also served as a guest critic and lecturer at Parsons, RISD, and Syracuse University.

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