Streetfilms: The Transformation of Grand Army Plaza

In the second installment of his "Street Transformations" series (here’s the first), Clarence Eckerson shows the progress underway at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza. The package of pedestrian and bicycle improvements you see in the video was first unveiled by DOT last spring. Says Clarence:

As one gentleman said to me while
admiring the new greenery and traffic islands in Grand Army Plaza,
“Wow, sometimes government does work!” It’s easy to quickly forget how
things were, but we here at Streetfilms aim to not let that
happen. Check out these extraordinary before/afters; especially the new
separated bike lane which safely transports riders from Prospect Park.

How’d we get here? Check out: Grand Army Traffic Survey, Reclaiming Grand Army, Minding the GAP.

What’s next for this iconic public space? Some ideas are sure to surface from the Re-inventing Grand Army Plaza competition, which is set to review proposals this month.

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