As a house is a machine for living, cities are the machine for accessibility. This chapter introduces the book "Access to Destinations" and outlines the editors reasons for presenting a series of papers centered around the concept of access. It is observed that, if the city is the machine for access, then policies need to be evaluated against that metric--policies that are based on empirically grounded research. These papers will not only serve to broaden the understanding of the meaning of accessibility, but raise questions that provide a research agenda for years to come on understanding the relationship between infrastructure, location, behavior, and accessibility.
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DOIS: 10.1016/b978-008044678-3/50061-2 10.1108/9780080460550-001
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