Streetfilms: A New Vision for the Upper West Side

Residents of all ages, electeds and planner-about-town Jan Gehl gathered at PS 87 last Thursday to mark the launch of "Blueprint for the Upper West Side: A Roadmap for Truly Livable Streets." A year-long community-based project of the Upper West Side Streets Renaissance campaign, the Blueprint [PDF], as its name implies, offers a detailed vision of street designs intended to improve safety, access and mobility for the car-free majority. Streetfilms’ Robin Urban Smith was there and filed this report.

  • Was in the Historic District of Savannah, GA last week and they have at least one chunk of on-street bike parking similar to the one in the title frame of the vid above.

    That district is a model of livable streets design in many other ways, too–of course that’s mostly attributable to the city’s choice, repeated a couple times over a century or two, to stick to the original 1733 city’s grid plan.

    There are also several modern safety devices built more recently into the city’s streets; my friggin camera broke so I couldn’t do another Pulitzer-worthy (boring) livable streets photo set like I did from Glasgow, Scotland, but I will upload a few interesting ones to flickr soon.

  • Erin

    What about the rest of the city? Isn’t the rich Upper West Side already considerably more livable than most of Brookyn and Queens?


Tonight: See the Blueprint for a New Upper West Side

Streets designed for safe, accessible, and equitable use. That is the vision of the "Blueprint for the Upper West Side: A Roadmap for Truly Livable Streets," to be unveiled tonight by the Upper West Side Streets Renaissance Campaign. The product of one year of community-driven planning, in consultation with urbanist legends Jan Gehl and Donald […]

Envisioning an Upper West Side Streets Renaissance

If you’re thinking about coming to tonight’s Upper West Side workshop with Jan Gehl but you are having trouble picturing what a "Streets Renaissance" might look like, the video above was made for you. It consists of a series of photo simulations produced by New York City Streets Renaissance Creative Director Carly Clark. Whipped into […]

Livable Streets Community News: UWS Synagogue Joins Up

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun. Photo via Wikipedia. Some good news comes to us this week of an Upper West Side synagogue’s support for Livable Streets. From Gil Kulich on the Upper West Side Streets Renaissance group blog: "I’m involved in an effort at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, one of the largest and most influential synagogues on the […]

This Week: Join Us at The Streets Ball

Do you have your tickets yet? On Thursday, support Streetsblog and Streetfilms at The Streets Ball. Join us in honoring Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, City Council Member Danny Dromm, and Brooklyn Community Board 16 Chair Bettie Kollock-Wallace. Plus: Enjoy local food from Kickshaw Cookery, beer and wine, a livable streets silent auction, and live music. Also on […]