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Public Space Transformations

Warning this presentation is addictive!

These photo simulations from the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) are mesmerizing. Watch how we can transform some of our misused NYC intersections into amazing spaces full of life, commerce, and vitality.

You will probably watch it more than once (but that's okay!!)

What makes a great space? PPS has the answers here.

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PSA-Cab in a Crosswalk

See how much disruption and danger one taxi cab stuck in a Times Square crosswalk can create.

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Fulton Street

Jeff Prant collects signatures on his petition to maintain Fulton Street's car-free hours.

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PSA-Pedestrian Density

Cars get more space than pedestrians do on the streets, which leads to overcrowded sidewalks.

According to Transportation Alternatives, on some streets the ratio is 14:1 - peds to cars; in some extreme areas of Times Square, the numbers can be even higher!

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Car-free Central Park Rally

A Transportation Alternatives rally on the steps of City Hall demonstrates residents' support for a car-free Central Park. 100,000 signatures!!! Come on Mayor!

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Psychic Space

Mark Gorton, founder of The Open Planning Project, points out how parked cars and street use makes a difference in two streets just blocks apart in SoHo are felt by pedestrians.

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Parking Spot Squat

In June 2006, Transportation Alternatives volunteers staged a "Parking Spot Squat" in Brooklyn's busy Park Slope neighborhood. The volunteers "liberated" two parking spaces, providing amenities that allowed residents to sit and relax.

The demonstrations created a temporary, but much-needed public space.

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The event caused many to question traditional notions of the way public space is reserved for automobiles, and why that space is turned over to drivers at such a low cost. Many similar events have followed, and REBAR sponsored an amazing display of public space reclaimation in San Francisco.

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Car-free Sunday on the Grand Concourse

In the early 1990s, three and a half miles of The Grand Concourse, a major arterial roadway in the Bronx, was closed to cars every Sunday from July thru November. The closures provided residents with much-needed open space to safely bike, walk, play and develop a sense of community with neighbors. Despite its popularity, New York City Mayor Rudy Guliani, ended the program in 1996.

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Currently, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, and a number of community groups have joined Transportation Alternatives to revive the program on a trial basis. In this short piece, the happiness of the residents is visible, and it is clear that open space enlivens communities.