Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution


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Like a modern-day Jane Jacobs, Janette Sadik-Khan transformed New York City's streets to make room for pedestrians, cyclists, buses, and green spaces. Describing the battles she fought to enact change, Streetfight imparts wisdom and practical advice that other cities can follow to make their own streets safer and more vibrant.

As New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan managed the seemingly impossible and transformed the streets of one of the world’s greatest, toughest cities into dynamic spaces safe for pedestrians and cyclists. Her approach was dramatic and effective: Simply painting a part of the street to make it into a plaza or bus lane not only made the street safer, but it also lessened congestion and increased foot traffic, which improved the bottom line of businesses. Real-life experience confirmed that if you know how to read the street, you can make it function better by not totally reconstructing it but by reallocating the space that’s already there.

     Breaking the street into its component parts, Streetfight demonstrates, with step-by-step visuals, how to rewrite the underlying “source code” of a street, with pointers on how to add protected bike paths, improve crosswalk space, and provide visual cues to reduce speeding. Achieving such a radical overhaul wasn’t easy, and Streetfight pulls back the curtain on the battles Sadik-Khan won to make her approach work. She includes examples of how this new way to read the streets has already made its way around the world, from pocket parks in Mexico City and Los Angeles to more pedestrian-friendly streets in Auckland and Buenos Aires, and innovative bike-lane designs and plazas in Austin, Indianapolis, and San Francisco. Many are inspired by the changes taking place in New York City and are based on the same techniques. Streetfight deconstructs, reassembles, and reinvents the street, inviting readers to see it in ways they never imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143128977
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 685,432
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. She served as New York City’s transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, overseeing historic changes to New York City’s streets—closing Broadway to cars in Times Square, building nearly 400 miles of bike lanes, and creating more than 60 plazas citywide. A founding principal with Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities. She chairs the National Association of Transportation Officials, implementing new people-focused street design standards that have been adopted in 45 cities across the continent. She lives in New York City.

Seth Solomonow is a manager with Bloomberg Associates. He was the chief media strategist for Janette Sadik-Khan and New York City’s transportation department under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Solomonow has written for The New York Times and his hometown newspaper, The Staten Island Advance. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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My six-year, seven-month, eighteen-day tenure as New York City transportation commissioner began with a meeting at City Hall, at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, in early spring 2007.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: A New Street Code 1

Chapter 1 The Fight 7

Chapter 2 Density Is Destiny 23

Chapter 3 Setting the Agenda 33

Chapter 4 How to Read the Street 47

Chapter 5 Follow the Footsteps 73

Chapter 6 Battle for a New Times Square 91

Chapter 7 Stealing Good Ideas 109

Chapter 8 Bike Lanes and Their Discontents 143

Chapter 9 Bike Share: A New Frontier in the Shared Economy 179

Chapter 10 Safety in Numbers 207

Chapter 11 Sorry to Interrupt, but We Have to Talk About Buses 233

Chapter 12 Measuring the Street 251

Chapter 13 Nuts and Bolts 265

Chapter 14 The Fight Continues 281

Acknowledgments 295

Notes 299

Index 337

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