Although I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, I guess the turn of the year is a good occasion to start a new feature where I’ll share at least one interesting video each week. So, here we go:
I’ll start with a video which has been widely featured in traditional and social media this week as it stunningly shows how New York City has changed as Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and her staff gave pedestrians and cyclists priority when redesigning streets. This should serve as an inspiration to mayors and city planners around the world by showing how even such a big city can be transformed within five to ten years!
“I think it’s important to experiment. Changing that use of the space overnight and showing what can be done, without a lot of money, has been transformative here in the city of New York.” (Janette Sadik-Khan)
For those who are more interested in the redesign of NYC’s streets, I’ll also post a recent TED talk by Janette Sadik-Khan where she shares projects that have reshaped street life. I think it’s particularly important to highlight the transformative power of temporary structures and paint, as she also recently stated in an excellent interview with The Globe and Mail.
I am especially impressed by these videos as I visited New York in May/June 2009 when most of Times Square was closed to cars, now seeing how the positive initial reactions spurred the further amazing transformation of Times Square and other streets and places. I hope you also have a great Sunday watching these two videos!