Streetfilms: A New Vision for the Upper West Side

Residents of all ages, electeds and planner-about-town Jan Gehl gathered at PS 87 last Thursday to mark the launch of "Blueprint for the Upper West Side: A Roadmap for Truly Livable Streets." A year-long community-based project of the Upper West Side Streets Renaissance campaign, the Blueprint [PDF], as its name implies, offers a detailed vision of street designs intended to improve safety, access and mobility for the car-free majority. Streetfilms’ Robin Urban Smith was there and filed this report.

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Times Square Flashback: Revisit the Bad Old Days With Streetfilms

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Streetfilms: A Streetside Chat With Jan Gehl

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