Great news from the Project for Public Spaces blog. Seattle’s Streets for People is starting up. Streets for People is a collaborative campaign to create and implement a new vision for streets as thriving public spaces. Here’s hope this left coast NYCSR gets off to a smashing start.
Modeled in many ways after the ‘open source’ NYC Street Renaissance Campaign that PPS helped to found, Streets for People’s approach to advocacy is to connect, convene and inspire a new conversation about how streets can best be used as public spaces for people.
The campaign will be coordinating with a broad range of local organizations, as well as with the city, on bike and pedestrian Master Plans, a Summer Streets program, Seattle’s new plan for light rail transit (LRT), as well as a Low Impact Vehicle Exhibition (aLIVE) which invites the public to submit installations for display and demonstrations during a one day exhibition. (..)
In New York City, PPS partnered with The Open Planning Project and Transportation Alternatives to create the New York City Streets Renaissance (NYCSR) which has ignited a powerhouse of change for pedestrian oriented redevelopment in various NYC locations such as Gansevoort Plaza and Madison Square. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced plans to reclaim vast stretches of Broadway
through Times Square and Herald Square which realizes dreams set early
in the campaign. Look out for more reclaimed pedestrian space and
great streets in Seattle.