This Week: Fixing The Great Mistake

Lectures and film screenings are the highlights of the livable streets calendar this week, including a talk by Streetsblog publisher Mark Gorton at the New York chapter of the AIA. On Wednesday evening, Mark will make the case against automobile-dominated city planning, and explore what life in New York would be like if livable streets policies were adopted comprehensively.

  • Tuesday: What do the mayor’s sustainability office, the Sierra Club, Nissan and Con Ed all have in common? They’ll have representatives in Central Park to answer questions about electric vehicles at a free screening of the new documentary “Revenge of the Electric Car.” 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Streetsblog publisher Mark Gorton speaks at the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His presentation, “Fixing the Great Mistake,” argues for reversing the massive allocation of space and resources to automobiles in cities. 6:00 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Three architecture firms present new communities they designed in China, the Czech Republic, and South Korea, as part of a discussion on international urbanism. 6:00 p.m.
  • More Wednesday: Manhattan Community Board 3’s transportation committee discusses a resolution stating support for speed enforcement cameras. 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: The New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium kicks off its work with its first public meeting, beginning the federally funded process of regional planning for smarter growth. 10:00 a.m.

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

  • Albert

    Very scary to use Central Park, of all places, for a car-promotion event.  Electric or no.

  • Albert

    addendum:

    It’s probably because all the other open space in the city is covered in cars.

  • Also Tuesday:

    Please attend Community Board 7 meeting Tuesday evening July 12 (tomorrow), where the shared bike-pedestrian paths at 97th and 102nd Streets will be discussed and likely come up for a vote.  Word is that opponents of the path are organizing to send a large contingent to the meeting.

    Meeting is at 7 pm at 250 W.87th Street (off Broadway), Second Floor.  Since this item is well down on the agenda, feel free to join the meeting as late as 7:45 or so.

  • Rob

    can you post your (Mark Groton) talk as a vid somewhere, cant make it but would love to watch or listen to a podcast. thanks!

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