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
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Coverage from my visit to Uptown Greenville, North Carolina.
GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) - Some city's have a downtown, but Greenville prefers Uptown, describing the direction the area is going. More businesses, more housing developments, and more people. Leaders ...
Nice editorial from Elkhart County, Indiana where I kicked off their Vibrant Communities initiative.
The Vibrant Communities Initiative of Elkhart County kicked off Tuesday as more than 600 people crammed into the Lerner Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom in Elkhart.
I talk a lot about potholes but here is a new one! A very interesting way to get the attention of your local government. :-)
A man named Wanksy is painting penises on potholes so the council has to take action
Interesting that one of the key aspects of cities will be their age friendliness, especially towards aging populations.
Here's how cities can prepare for aging populations.
The "Missing Middle" of the Housing Market
“Missing middle” architecture could ease rents — and allow more Americans to build real estate wealth.
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