Continuing our series on the Upper West Side...
In this segment, Mark Gorton and Lisa Sladkus talk about space allocation and how much of our city is dedicated to moving people in private automobiles. In addition, Mark shows how free, on-street vehicle storage is favored - even when pedestrians are crammed on to sidewalks. These are things we live with daily, things that are often invisible to our comfort, things that even if we take notice we often think cannot be changed. But we can re-design our streets to make them more people-oriented and enhance the vibrancy of our city.
Ped Density (:30)
Psychic Space (1:37)
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<p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Lisa Sladkus:</i>
[00:10] Here we are in Broadway, a bus lane area of the Upper West Side,
and as you can see, a very heavily trafficked pedestrian area.
We have gourmet grocery store, we have booksellers, we have people walking
their strollers and their bikes, and this is an example of if we could
widen the sidewalk even more, think about how many more people we could
accommodate and how much more community we could generate. </font></p>
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<p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:34]
You have a space right here that if I stand here by myself, it’s hard
for anyone else to get through. Like look at this, you know, it’s
basically one arm’s width across. Yet we have this giant expansive
roadway which has room for one set of parked cars, a truck to double-park,
a bus to get through and another set of cars here. I mean there
is no-one in these cars, no-one is benefiting right now from these cars
being here, yet all the people are being squeezed on that sidewalk.
We have a perverse allocation of public space on the Upper West Side
and it needs to be changed. </font> <br></p>
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