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Crosswalk in San Jose, California.

California Daylighting Law Bans Parking Near Crosswalks

Limiting parking within 20 feet of intersections improves visibility and reduces collisions with pedestrians.

February 8, 2024 - Mercury News

New York City intersection with crosswalk.

NYC Launches Daylighting Plan

The city will install visibility improvements at over 1,000 intersections to improve traffic safety.

December 4, 2023 - Curbed

Aerial view of intersection in Hoboken, New Jersey with crosswalks, bulb-outs, and blue home plate painted in middle of intersection, surrounded by mid-rise multistory apartment buildings.

Vision Zero at Work: Hoboken Celebrates Seven Years of Zero Traffic Deaths

The New Jersey city implemented simple yet impactful changes to eliminate traffic fatalities.

November 29, 2023 - Jalopnik

Diagram of visibility at urban intersection.

How ‘Daylighting’ Intersections Can Save Lives

Eliminating visual obstructions can make intersections safer for all users.

November 27, 2023 - Strong Towns

A footbrinde crosses over a small cascade of flowing water on a sunny day in Yonkers, New York.

'Daylighting' Project to Restore Nature in the Big Apple

More cities are returning waterways to a more natural state—in some cases unearthing them from subterranean pipes in a process known as "daylighting." A new example can be found, perhaps surprisingly, in New York City.

December 9, 2021 - The New York Times

Berkeley, California

Another Ambitious Creek Daylighting Planned in the San Francisco Bay Area

The East Bay Regional Park District is planning to daylight Alder Creek in the Oakland Hills. Native fish and other species will benefit.

December 3, 2019 - Bay Area Monitor

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Daylighting NYC's Most Dangerous Intersections

Legislation is proposed to reduce the number of fatal pedestrian and cyclist accidents in NYC.

September 25, 2015 - StreetsBlog NYC

Exploring Creek 'Daylighting' Projects in Washington D.C.

Writing for National Geographic, Brian Clark Howard examines the "[innovative] techniques that mimic nature help restore open waterways, prevent pollution, and create habitats for animals."

December 14, 2014 - National Geographic

Lexington Looks Underground to Guide Downtown Redevelopment

Town Branch Creek was once the lifeblood of Lexington, Kentucky. Now, more than a century after it was rerouted and buried, city leaders want to resurrect the historic waterway as the focal point of downtown redevelopment.

January 15, 2013 - The Architect's Newspaper

Restored River Keeps NY's Fourth-Largest City Afloat

Elsa Brenner looks at the boon for developers, and residents, that a city-and-state-funded effort to daylight the Saw Mill River has provided for the New York City suburb of Yonkers.

August 13, 2012 - The New York Times

Might High-Rises Become Uninhabitable?

Steve Mouzon argues that trillions being spent world-wide on skyscrapers could be lost as energy costs rise.

May 21, 2012 - The Original Green Blog

Bay Area Rediscovers the Creeks Under The Streets

A new proposal in Berkeley to daylight a portion of Strawberry Creek is the latest in a lineage of small interventions to bring buried portions of the urban watershed to the surface.

April 10, 2010 - Streetsblog San Francisco

Plan to Daylight Creek in Downtown Berkeley Hits Roadblock

Berkeley's popular plan to turn a section of Center Street into a pedestrian walkway with a stream and wetlands has been slowed by the fight over downtown development.

March 9, 2010 - East Bay Express

"Hoboken Daylighting" In Lieu Of Bump-Outs

So, I'm out at a site visit with the city engineer last week and we're talking about ways to implement curb extensions to reduce pedestrian exposure to vehicular traffic.  We're discussing inexpensive ways to accomplish this, and then on queue, as is the right and obligation of all civil engineers, the ugly villain subject of all things bumped-out rears its head: drainage.

November 23, 2009 - Ian Sacs

Stream Surfacing in the Bronx

Community activists in the South Bronx are working to "daylight" a long-buried stream and re-integrate some natural water treatment processes into the dense urban atmosphere.

July 21, 2009 - The New York Moon

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