Streetfilms: A New Vision for the Upper West Side

Residents of all ages, electeds and planner-about-town Jan Gehl gathered at PS 87 last Thursday to mark the launch of "Blueprint for the Upper West Side: A Roadmap for Truly Livable Streets." A year-long community-based project of the Upper West Side Streets Renaissance campaign, the Blueprint [PDF], as its name implies, offers a detailed vision of street designs intended to improve safety, access and mobility for the car-free majority. Streetfilms’ Robin Urban Smith was there and filed this report.

  • Was in the Historic District of Savannah, GA last week and they have at least one chunk of on-street bike parking similar to the one in the title frame of the vid above.

    That district is a model of livable streets design in many other ways, too–of course that’s mostly attributable to the city’s choice, repeated a couple times over a century or two, to stick to the original 1733 city’s grid plan.

    There are also several modern safety devices built more recently into the city’s streets; my friggin camera broke so I couldn’t do another Pulitzer-worthy (boring) livable streets photo set like I did from Glasgow, Scotland, but I will upload a few interesting ones to flickr soon.

  • Erin

    What about the rest of the city? Isn’t the rich Upper West Side already considerably more livable than most of Brookyn and Queens?

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