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Streetfight : handbook for an urban revolution

by Sadik-Khan, Janette,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HE310.N5 S23 2016x
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An empowering road map for rethinking, reinvigorating, and redesigning our cities, from a pioneer in the movement for safer, more livable streets

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 bikers. 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.
A new street code
The fight
Density is destiny
Setting the agenda
How to read the street
Follow the footsteps
Battle for a new Times Square
Stealing good ideas
Bike lanes and their discontents
Bike share : a new frontier in the shared economy
Safety in numbers
Sorry to interrupt, but we have to talk about buses
Measuring the street
Nuts and bolts
The fight continues.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "During her 1997-2003 tenure as the New York City transportation commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg, Sadik-Khan's push for city-street makeovers led to major reductions in gridlock and a much-improved bicycle- and walker-friendly urban landscape. In this informative and inspiring account coauthored with Solomonow, then her chief media strategist, Sadik-Khan tells the story of how she and a dedicated team of neighborhood leaders spearheaded the transformation. Drawing on the philosophy of legendary city-planner Jane Jacobs, the redesigns included putting in bike lanes and painting sections of streets to turn them into plazas to make Manhattan more hospitable to bikers and pedestrians, with the end result of boosting both commerce and community vitality. Sadik-Khan includes a chapter describing the struggle the group endured installing rentable bikes, a chapter on the battle to redesign Times Square, and one on the challenges involved in freeing buses from traffic jams. Sadik-Khan's work will serve as a guidebook to city planners and traffic engineers everywhere, and motivate disenchanted urban dwellers to urge local politicians to make their cities more livable.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Streets -- New York (State) -- New York -- Planning.
City traffic -- New York (State) -- New York -- Planning.
Pedestrian traffic flow -- New York (State) -- New York -- Planning.
Pedestrian areas -- New York (State) -- New York -- Planning.
Bicycle traffic flow -- New York (State) -- New York -- Planning.
Transportation -- New York (State) -- New York -- Planning.
Bicycle trails -- New York (State) -- New York -- Planning.
Urban transportation policy -- New York (State) -- New York.
Publisher New York :2016
Other Titles Street fight :
Contributors Solomonow, Seth, author.
Language English
Description 350 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-335) and index.
ISBN 9780525429845
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