Cast Your Vote for the 2009 Streetsies

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Streetsblog is about to go dark for the holiday, so we’ve got something that will hopefully keep you satisfied until Monday. Polls. Lots of polls.

The last thing we publish every year is the Streetsies, our final burst of awards and commentary. This time we’re adding a "people’s choice" wrinkle. The voting is open in six categories until Sunday at midnight. Then we’ll see how the popular will compares to the stuffy editors’ picks. If you’ve got a write-in candidate for any category, tell us about it in the comments. Many thanks to tech director Chris Abraham for getting the polls up and running.

Next week we’ll be back with our year-end wrap, and Streetsblog will return to our regular publishing schedule on Monday, January 4. In the meantime, you might also get a kick out of these pictures.

Biggest Livable Streets Victory

Total Voters: 397

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Best Pedestrian Project

Total Voters: 354

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Best Bike Project

Total Voters: 304

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NIMBY of the Year

Total Voters: 330

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Biggest Legislative Fiasco

Total Voters: 334

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Urban Abomination of the Year

Total Voters: 299

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  • J

    How do you cast a vote? I’m only seeing the results.

  • For “biggest victory” I voted for what was perhaps the least sensational of the nominees. The choice not to expand the Deegan excited readers here, but it seemed to me that it did so less than any of the other nominees. But I think it’s the biggest victory because, while the other victories are exciting steps into the future, the choice NOT to expand a highway as a way to deal with car volume represents, I think, a shift from a particular strain of past thinking that is so unbelievably entrenched everywhere–among transportation experts and lay people alike–that changes or challenges to it are very significant.

    And besides, it helps that The Bronx was spared, for once, the default “poop on The Bronx” attitude in metro-area planning.

  • I wish I could have voted for all four legislative fiascos.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The biggest victory is more people decided to try getting around by bicycle. They can destroy the transit system (financially they already have, along with the school system, etc.) But riding a bicycle is mostly a matter of deciding to do try it and sticking with it until your muscles get used to it, given even modest accommodation.

    It is precisely for that reason that it, along with working at home, is what I have the most hope for.

  • Felix

    What about taking a whole park for the new Yankee stadium? Didn’t they only take half a park for the parking garage?

  • I wish I could have voted for all four legislative fiascos.

    Sorry, you live in Schneiderman’s district.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    That’s not all folks…

    Check out what some of the movers and shakers in the Livable Streets world chose as their favorite Streetfilm of 2009: http://www.streetfilms.org/fans-select-their-favorite-streetfilms/

    In the comments, let us know which one you preferred, why, and what you’d like to see in 2010.

  • luke blogger

    HSR rail is a greenwashed concept and induces sprawl.

    http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/what-would-high-speed-rail-do-to-suburban-sprawl/

    Who supports it? Crony contractors and central valley land speculators who plan on building more sprawl for 10s of miles around each HSR station.

    http://www.hjta.org/california-commentary/wheels-coming-high-speed-rail

  • Luke, that crappy Glaeser piece has been thoroughly debunked around the web, including here on Streetsblog.

  • #4 Larry Littlefield, “The biggest victory is more people decided to try getting around by bicycle.”

    Yes! Absolutely! Couldn’t agree more.

    But, Bloomberg, Sadik-Khan, and Obama are important according to Lester Brown’s “sandwich model of social change,” from the section of Plan B 4.0: “Three Models of Social Change”

    “Many social changes occur when societies reach tipping points or cross key thresholds . . . The sandwich model of social change is in many ways the most attractive one, partly because it brings a potential for rapid change . . . The ideal situation for rapid, historic progress occurs when mounting grassroots pressure for change merges with a national leadership committed to the same change.”

    http://www.livablestreets.com/streetswiki/three-models-of-social-change
    http://www.livablestreets.com/streetswiki/plan-b/pb4book.pdf

    (page 141 of linked pdf; page 256 of actual printed book).

  • Yes, how do you vote? The ongoing massacre of the public realm near Atlantic Yards is obviously the Urban Abomination of the Year but, we note the runner-up, the New Yankee Stadium has a lot in common with what with makes Atlantic yards objectionable and it ain’t just the parking.

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