Speed Bumps

At the Museum of the City of New York, Vincent Cianni’s bracing photos show how a group of teens on Williamsburg’s south side organized to get a skate park built in the shadowy wasteland beneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. If these kids can persuade City Hall to let them shape their own terrain, imagine what five boroughs’-worth of block associations, business improvement districts and Livable Streets advocates can accomplish. Check out the show, We Skate Hardcore, and get the wheels turning. It closes August 6. 

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Streetfilm: Paris Skates!

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Streetfilms’ Elizabeth Press kicks off a series of videos about livable streets in Paris with this look at the city’s two weekly romps on skates — roller-versions of Critical Mass that attract up to 15,000 participants. Notice that the police are an essential part of the proceedings (and they seem to have fun doing it […]

This Week in Livable Streets Events

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Not a lot going on this week on the Streetsblog Calendar, but when Summer Streets is your bookend, how much more do you really need? Wednesday: Join Streetfilms at the New York Transit Museum for a program of short films exploring and celebrating transit systems from across the country and around the world. Bring your […]

Community Benefits Agreements: What Do They Mean for Livable Streets?

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A rendering of the CBA-mandated walkable development slated for the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. Image: UrbanWorks Architecture. Last week, Comptroller John Liu announced plans to convene a task force to study and issue recommendations about community benefits agreements in New York. While details on the task force are still forthcoming, the renewed public attention on […]

Eyes on the Street: Livable Streets a Mile High

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A little end-of-day action from the Streetsblog Flickr pool, courtesy of BeyondDC: Here’s Denver’s 16th Street Shuttle, also called the MallRide. Check out those three low-floor doors for easy-on, easy-off boarding and alighting. The MallRide travels up and down a mile-long pedestrian mall — the only vehicle allowed there — arriving every 90 seconds. It’s […]

Ciclovía: A Moving Experience in Bogotá, Colombia

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      Recently, I had the opportunity to travel with comrades Karla Quintero of Transportation Alternatives and Streetsblog editor Aaron Naparstek to Bogotá, Colombia to document some of the amazing advances going on in the livable streets movement there. We spent an entire Sunday, from 5am ’til nearly 5pm, riding bicycles around during Ciclovía, […]