Re-Imagine the Upper West Side at a Workshop With Jan Gehl

Save the date for a very special Upper West Side event featuring Jan Gehl, the world’s foremost designer of green & livable streets.

For over 30 years, Jan Gehl has been improving people’s lives by making neighborhoods lively, diverse and safe. Jan — a friend and colleague of the late, great Jane Jacobs — will tell entertaining and illustrative stories gleaned from his famous work in Copenhagen, London, Zurich, and Melbourne.

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Jan Gehl: Gridlocked Streets Are “Not a Law of Nature”

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It could have been just another gathering of urban idealists, agreeing with each other about how great it would be to have more public space for people, and less for cars. Except last night’s NYC Streets Renaissance event, "A New Vision for the Upper West Side," featured renowned Danish planner Jan Gehl — who, as […]