Eyes on the Street: Demand Management

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You get more of what you subsidize and less of what you tax. –Ancient Economic Adage

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Ride a Bike & Get the World’s Best Cookie Half-Price

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While we’re seeking great streets, we’ve found an exemplary store in Manhattan’s Build a Green Bakery. This tiny East Village shop sells organic pastries, coffee and tea in an all-sustainable setting. The owner, City Bakery’s Maury Rubin, made the space an environmentalists’ showroom. He chose walls of wheat and sunflower husks and colored them with […]

Seeing Myrtle Avenue With Fresh Eyes

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The folks over at the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership have unveiled the results of a collaboration with the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) undertaken over the last couple of years. Two public workshops were held to get community input on the plans, which address four different areas of Myrtle Avenue, one of the main commercial […]

Today’s Headlines

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The Wall Street Journal editorial board and its, uh, actual reporters don’t see eye-to-eye on the climate issue (Grist) Not a joke: Now that the developed world is consuming less of its oil, the Saudi government wants compensation (NYT) The White House economic recovery effort is slated to release its first round of job-creation estimates […]

Measuring the Value of Livable Streets

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Ever wonder how much New York stands to gain by making its streets more livable? Transportation Alternatives has been gathering evidence measuring the economic and social benefits that accrue when cities put pedestrians first. Their report is coming out next week, but the Observer published a sneak preview (headline: "The Woonerf Deficit") this Tuesday: The […]