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New York’s Next Renaissance

Most streets in New York bring to mind urban warfare instead of urban renaissance, but on the Upper West side, residents, businesses, and advocates have recently launched a blueprint to revitalize their community and create more livable streets to their area. The video by Robin Urban Smith and Street Films presents the Upper West Side Streets Renaissance Campaign
Some highlights of the blueprint are:

  • Longer pedestrian crossing times
  • Curb extensions
  • Chicanes and other measures to slow traffic on side streets
  • Bike lanes, bike boxes, and segregated bike lanes all in green paint
  • Extend bike lanes through intersections
  • Increase bike parking
  • Increase the price of car parking as to discourage cars
  • More public benches, works of art, and planting
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