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New Urbanism School creating ‘Livable’ New York with ‘Sustainable Transportation’ models

  – Jane Jacobs comes home -


New York Cities, “Transportation Alternatives, the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, is bracing for a new administration less friendly to the agenda it has pushed for decades.”

New York Times | For Bike Advocates, Delayed Gratification

Commissioner of NYC Transportation on Sustainable Transportation implementation

Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, in not an architect (B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College, and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law) – but she is implementing transportation infrastructure changes that are part of a New Urbanist inspired vision of what cities are at their essence:  people and neighbourhoods.

Jane Jacobs began thinking about cities as neighbourhoods of people in the 1950′s – when most urban planners were allowing latest technology to drive the planning process — rather than as Jane Jacobs postulated: create infrastructure, and apply technology to support what people who live and work in neighbourhoods are doing. Communities of People as ‘drivers’ of planning.

“[Jane Jacobs] .. was instrumental in the eventual cancellation of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, and after moving to Canada in 1968, equally influential in cancelling the Spadina Expressway and the associated network of expressways in Toronto planned and under construction.

Wikipedia | Jane Jacobs

Janette Sadik-Khan gave the Eighth Annual Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism this spring (April 5, 2012) at The City College of New York at the The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. Janette Sadik-Khan’s lecture marks a full circle, the administrator applying an ‘outsider’ theory. The person who gave the first Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism was Jane Jacobs – in 2004 – who when she wrote her great work, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” (1961) was a radical to say the least.

The Eighth Annual Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism
“Janette Sadik-Khan: It’s Not Impossible To Change A City”
April 5, 2012,  City College of New York - begins at 11:40 
(best experience: click ‘Menu’ Tab, click “2012 Mumford…”; then on ‘Slide’ tab – to see the slide presentation that goes with Ms. Sadik-Khan‘s talk)

Great question in the Q and A section, where an individuaal asks if she has ant ideas about creating safe spces for political protest – referencing with out saying it, Occupy Wall Street. The way she side steps the question, while not being antagonistic to the idea, was to say essentially, ‘ it’s not my department’. The question and the answer for me, brought to the fore the idea that what is needed is an Infrastructure Czar (currently the Mayor) – to institute a comprehensive plan – a mirror of the Sustainable Cities meme itself.


Janette Sadik-Khan on Sustainability:

Janette Sadik-Khan, New York’s Sustainable Streets – Part 1
(at “The City of New York. reSITE conference” – 5/24/2012 – Prague Czech Republic)

reSITE Festival on Vimeo.

The City of New York.reSITE conference 2012 | Prague Czech Republic |
New York’s Sustainable Streets
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3



New York Times | N.Y. / Region | August 10, 2012 | For Bike Advocates, Delayed Gratification | by J. David Goodman |



Posted: August 16th, 2012
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