The New Street Thinking

Though congestion pricing was shot down, New Yorkers are thinking about new ways to experience and use their streets.

"Ideas for calming New York's historically hectic streets go far beyond congestion pricing. Those ideas, moreover, seem to signal a shift in the basic thinking of what streets are for."

"'For decades, the Department of Transportation's job has been to move vehicles as quickly as possible,' said Janette Sadik-Khan, the agency's commissioner. 'We're taking a look at it a little bit differently now. There is a tremendous hunger for what we can do to make it easier for people to get around, to improve the quality of our streets and plazas, to make it easier for people to linger.'"

"These street reformers - planners, architects and urban officials from around the globe - are questioning the conventional street-curb-sidewalk motif, challenging the dominance of cars, and devising ways to use street furniture, plants and even radical new vehicles to transform the experience of the street."

"While they do not necessarily agree on the particulars, the advocates often share an excitement, a feeling of being present at the creation."

Full Story: Taking Back the Streets


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