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World Class Streets Gehl 08

World Class Streets Gehl 08

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World ClassStreets: Remaking New YorkCity’sPublic Realm
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World ClassStreets: Remaking New YorkCity’sPublic Realm
 
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www.nyc.gov/dot
World ClassStreets:
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World ClassStreets: Remaking New YorkCity’sPublic Realm
In tis report, ndings rom a Public Space/Public LieSurvey conducted by te world-renowned GelArcitects/Urban Quality Consultants in Fall, 2007provide te starting point. Following Gel’s analysis, welay out te wide range o ambitious programs tatNYCDOT as set in motion to cange te city’s approacand tat will allow us to build on New York City’stremendous and ever-present potential.Sincerely,Janette Sadik-KanCommissionerDear ellow New Yorkers:Famous images o New York nearly all empasize tecity’s skyline—te ig rise metropolis seen rom a miledistant or 5,000 eet up. Few wo attempt to capturete city’s uniqueness or caracter in a single rame seekit rom te most basic uman point o view—tat o tepedestrian walking down te street.Wy is tis? In a look at Paris, or instance, testreetscapes o te Camps-Elysees and its centralpedestrian precincts will surely be eatured. A view oBarcelona will inevitably include a street-levelperspective on Las Ramblas and o its new and re-madepublic squares.Until now, te City as not embraced a broad strategyor developing and caring or te public realm—te spacebetween buildings—as an important element o publicpolicy. Indeed, despite so muc cange or te betterduring te city’s renaissance o te past several decades,our streetscape remains broadly utilitarian, wit littlecange in appearance or eel rom te 1970s.World Class Streets amplies te look at street designin NYCDOT’s
Sustainable Streets
strategic plan, and willserve as a companion volume to te new New York CityStreet Design Manual we will issue in early 2009.
LETTER FROM ThE COMMISSIONER
World ClassStreets: Remaking New YorkCity’sPublic Realm
Finally, it’s no accident tat New York City’s mercantcommunities ocus eavily on streetscape qualitytroug teir local Business Improvement Districts,wic we ave worked ard to expand and support. Forstoreront businesses, welcoming, attractive streets canspell te dierence between growt and just getting by.Today, our Administration is dramatically extending testreetscape improvements tat many organizations avebeen able to create locally.New York as te most amous streets in te world.Now, we’re working to make tem te most attractivestreets in te world or walking and cycling—and tatoter great New York sport, people-watcing.Sincerely,Micael R. BloombergMayorDear Friends:In 2007, our Administration launced
PlaNYC
, our longterm plan to create a greener, greater New York. One ote callenges
PlaNYC
poses to city agencies is to “re-imagine te City’s public realm”—to develop an urbanenvironment tat transorms our streets and squaresinto more people-riendly places.Wit 6,000 miles o City streets under its manage-ment, te Department o Transportation is on te rontline o tis eort—and it is succeeding in spectacularasion.Troug new initiatives suc as Broadway Boulevard,te Public Plaza Program, Coordinated Street Furniture,and Summer Streets, we are nding creative new waysto make our streets more attractive to pedestrians andcyclists—and tose wo wis to sit and relax and soak inte City. Tis report outlines te callenges we ace anddescribes te many programs underway tat are de-signed to bring even more lie to our World Class Streets.Te business and environmental cases or improvingte quality o our public realm are clear. Streets tat elpcreate and strengten communities and businesses, inaddition to connecting neigboroods to one anoter, arean essential component o te City’s overall sustainabil-ity strategy. Quality o lie policies will enable te City tocontinue to grow its economy and retain more residentsas tey raise amilies and grow older, and it will even leadNew Yorkers to spend more o te leisure time in te city.By attracting and retaining more residents, we will alsoelp gt climate cange. Mass transit- and pedestrian-oriented cities like New York elp reduce suburbansprawl and te iger levels o carbon emissions tatcome wit it.
LETTER FROM ThE MAYOR

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