This Week in Livable Streets Events

Election Day kicks off a week of talks and workshops, wrapped up with an East Side bike ride and a walking tour in Brooklyn.

  • Tuesday: Remember to vote! Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Find your polling site here.
  • Wednesday: Columbia University hosts a lecture by General Motors’ former Vice President of Research and Development Larry Burns, entitled "Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century." 6 p.m. Reception follows at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: The New York Transit Museum features a panel addressing recommendations offered by the recent Regional Plan Association study "Tomorrow’s Transit: New Mobility for the Region’s Urban Core." The study recommended various means to provide new and upgraded transit for the five boroughs and northern New Jersey, detailing new subway, bus, commuter rail, light rail and ferry projects. 6 p.m.
  • Friday: RSVP by today for the joint Open Planning Project / Regional Plan Association workshop to brainstorm new technologies for participatory urban planning, to be held Nov. 13. 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: The Institute for Urban Design will host a day-long event titled "Arrested Development: Do Megaprojects Have a Future?" The symposium will examine the effects of the global recession on large-scale developments and the ramifications of the re-emergence of mega-projects. As mega-projects like New York City’s Atlantic Yards and the UK’s "eco towns" slow down, stall, and even stop, local and national leaders are rethinking the nature of these projects with respect to social and environmental sustainability. 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: The Transportation Alternatives East Side Committee will lead a bike ride of the U.N.-area gaps in the East River Greenway. 11 a.m. Also on Sunday, in conjunction with its ongoing exhibition "The Last Days of the Myrtle Avenue El," the Transit Museum presents a walking tour of its former route.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

  • I can’t imagine a reinvention of the automobile that will make “personal urban mobility” any less dangerous, inconvenient and alienating. Can anyone else?

    The idea of something called “the Earth Institute” inviting this guy to talk about “personal urban mobility” makes me think they’re trying to outdo their colleagues who invited Ahmedinejad to speak at Columbia. But I’m guessing they’re just clueless Tepper liberals.

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