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“The Porch” at 30th Street Station Welcomes You to Philadelphia

For nine months now, Philadelphia's awesome new public space "The Porch" has been flying under the nation's livable streets radar.

Installed next to 30th Street Station as part of a larger PennDOT undertaking, the project reclaimed asphalt from cars and devoted it to people. The Porch provides a great place to meet up, and it shows what American cities can achieve at major transit hubs when they strive to create great public spaces.

The planners of The Porch looked to New York City's Times Square for inspiration, and there might be something for NYC to learn in return as the city considers transforming parts of Vanderbilt Avenue outside Grand Central Terminal into pedestrian spaces.

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MBA: Parking Reform

In the tenth and final video in Streetfilms' Moving Beyond the Automobile series, we are talking about parking reform. From doing away with mandatory parking minimums, to charging the right price for curbside parking, to converting on-street parking spots into parklets and bike corrals, cities are latching onto exciting new ideas to make more room for people in our cities and repurpose the valuable public space that lines our streets.

"Historically the parking problem was defined as there not being enough convenient places to put your car," UPenn professor Rachel Weinberger told Streetfilms, "but increasingly cities are starting to understand that the parking problem could be defined differently and it could be the case that there is too much parking."

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The Street Life of Havana

Project for Public Spaces' Ethan Kent recently visited Havana, Cuba and took some amazing photographs of street life, perfectly capturing the vitality of its neighborhoods. As you sit thru his reflections and wonderful montages of what he saw, think about what our streets might look like if they were designed for living and not for speed. Ethan posits:

"If children playing in the streets is an indicator of the success of a city, then Havana's streets may be some of the most successful in the world."

Havana serves as a window into some of what we have lost and what we can gain back. Come time travel with us.

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Clarence: The Traffic Calming Maniac

While I was in Chicago with Ethan Kent doing livable streets research for a summer trip, we ventured to an area well known for its traffic calming. We didn't bring along a video camera, but my still camera took some grainy video. Thus, an impromptu work of "transportation comedy".

It shows that the alternative transportation world is sometimes a little fun and zany. StreetFilms presents Clarence: The Traffic Calming Maniac.