Mike Lydon and Dana Wall traveled to the 2019 Urban Resilience Summit in Rotterdam, The Netherlands to lead a demonstration project as a part of the Tactical Urbanism Living Lab, one of 12 on-site conference sessions on Wednesday, July 10th. Street Plans designed a “plaza” to be implemented with duct tape that would define an area to engage both passersby and summit participants in a feedback exercise for a commercial corridor in Rotterdam’s Feijenoord neighborhood. Street Plans laid out the markings for the design, and with summit participants installed the plaza using colorful duct tape in the colors of the city and of the neighborhood’s professional soccer team.
Street Plans Principal, Mike Lydon, keynoted an open session for a smart growth series program in Niagara Falls titled “Imagining a More Livable NF.” The program was launched to explore solutions for the future of the City of Niagara Falls centered around the built environment and the livability of the city. The open sessions focused on issues like mobility, housing, and placemaking.
Lydon hosted a session during which he went over the principles of tactical urbanism and its power to create more walkable and livable urban spaces. Attendees had the opportunity to present questions and have an open conversation about how to improve walkability and multi-modal options in the city.
The New Tropic, an important community news site in Miami, recently published an article from our Project Manager, Dana Wall. The article provides an overview of recent pilot programs that have been launched in the city to test infrastructure and allow citizens to “take back their streets.” Dana also discusses the challenges behind the permitting processes that are required by local authorities and the need for local government to work alongside community members for these pilot programs to translate to sustained change.
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On November 8th, Principal Mike Lydon keynoted the Nashville Civic Design Center’s annual luncheon where 800 people gathered to discuss the topic of reclaiming public space.
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Senior Director, Ed Janoff, penned this op-ed for the New York Daily News about the congestion that commuters face on a daily basis at Penn Station in New York City, calling for action towards a comprehensive plan to fix this large commuting hub.
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Earlier this summer, Principal Mike Lydon was interviewed by Streetfilms and he shared his own impression of Barcelona’s Superilla. A new human-centered experiment in the design of Barcelona’s street grid using a Tactical Urbanism approach.
This initiative gives the street back to residents and showcases the success of city streets that are designed for people and not for motor traffic.
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In 2014, NYC released its Vision Zero Action Plan to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2024. After various safety measures implemented over the past few years, the overall number of traffic-related fatalities has continued to slowly decrease, but one thing is still clear: cars still rule the vast majority of roads. At the current pace, NYC will not reach its goal of zero traffic-related fatalities by 2024.
New York Magazine recently published an article that addresses Vision Zero, along with many other issues that NYC’s streets face and gives various strategies the City needs to take to meet the ever-increasing demands of the future–a future that doesn’t include the private automobile.
The article features a rendering that Street Plans, along with designer Carly Clark, generated to create a vision of crosstown streets designed for people and bikes. This design reflects one of the many detailed visions that Street Plans designed as part of Transportation Alternatives’ Streetopia campaign launched last summer. The campaign crafted a dramatic, yet attainable vision for NYC’s streets that prioritizes high-occupancy vehicles, bikes, pedestrians, and car-free streets.
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Street Plans’ Project Director Julie Flynn will speak to the Marin County Bicycle Coalition on Tuesday, August 1st, about the effectiveness that pilot bicycle improvements have in allaying a community’s fear of change, also known as NIMBYism (Not In My Backyard), and their ability to more quickly make safer streets.
“Pilot projects allow cities to better understand impacts before plans are finalized. Perhaps more importantly, they enable people to reimagine streets as more than conduits for traffic. Please join MCBC in welcoming Julie Flynn to Marin to learn about her work transforming streets around the world, one pilot project at a time.”
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This week was the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Global Summit held in New York City. Street Plans took part in the Summit, leading a 3 hour workshop on Tuesday with 13 cities from around the world, helping them use the incremental approach of Tactical Urbanism to implement their larger resilient city strategies.
On Wednesday, Street Plans co-organized a “living lab” with 100 Resilient Cities, ioby, and Neighborland. We led a tour of three Brooklyn neighborhoods, highlighting the local organizations that make them more resilient. As part of the tour, we also led the group of city leaders through a 2 hour long Tactical Urbanism demonstration project in coordination with the Court/Smith BID to display how residents and community groups can quickly and cheaply add more public space in their neighborhoods.
On Thursday, June 22nd, Transportation Alternatives launched the Streetopia campaign to generate excitement around ideas and visions to further transform NYC’s streets to prioritize the movement of people and not cars. Street Plans came up with detailed visions for what car-free or car-lite neighborhood streets could look like in NYC. The picture above shows a vision for a car-free neighborhood street in the Upper West Side.
“Parts of the city where transit access is high and car ownership is low are primed for car-free streets, says Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative, who displayed concepts for low-car, people first streets in Lower Manhattan, East Williamsburg, Downtown Flushing, and the Upper West Side.”
Click HERE for the full Streetsblog article describing the Streetopia event.