Two of my favorite New York City love notes debuted in 2009: the newly pedestrian friendly Times Square and High Line Park in the Meatpacking District.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan began pedestrian-friendly Times Square as an experiment in 2009. The response to their people space, created in the heart of the city, has been overwhelmingly positive. Complete with seating and free wifi, the area invites you to sit, people watch and amble in a way that the old Times Square did not. Sidewalks crowded with tourists and busy locals, surrounded by cars, did not make for a lovable place.
The experiment was made permanent in February 2010. Noted New York Magazine: “It took a bureaucrat’s intervention to make the place human again, to clear a little room for leisurely amazement in the lunatic center of this crazed metropolis.”
Street Films – In Appreciation of the NEW Times Square
This video features Danish architect Jan Gehl, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
Peter Kageyama from Pedestrian Friendly Times Square
My home town becomes even more pet/dog friendly!
St. Petersburg was named the most pet-friendly city in America last week by the site Zumper, a sentiment city officials demonstrated Thursday, when City Co...
Coverage from my talk in Tauranga, New Zealand.
It is the little things that make a city great, says a visiting urban expert. - Bay of Plenty Times
A bit of guerrilla street art. Thanks to Rosalie Liddle Crawford for sharing it with me!
On July 17th, 2014, graffiti artist Mobstr tagged a wall in London, sparking a year-long exchange with municipal authorities. This is their story, set to Gri...
Speaking at University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand next Tuesday!
Some great pop up place making in Milwaukee. Thanks Isaac Kremer for sharing!
It all started with an idea, and the idea wasn’t even ours — it was from a bunch of really smart people with the National Endowment for the…
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