Happy Independence Day

This will be my last post until Monday barring something unbelievably major happening over the weekend. Happy Independence Day everyone. Hopefully we can all celebrate our independence from Car Culture in our own ways this weekend.

Above is a Streetfilm from New York where a community has taken back their street for a block party. The party was sponsored by the New York Streets Renaissance, who are the same people that keep Los Angeles Streetsblog primed and ready to write. Brad Aaron, from New York Streetsblog, explains the film.

In this Streetfilm by Elizabeth Press, New Yorkers enjoy a block party on West 87th Street in Manhattan. The June event was one of dozens
sponsored this summer by the New York City Streets Renaissance, many of
them still to come. At over 3,000 block parties per year, New Yorkers
mark their independence from traffic and pollution. How are you
celebrating your car-freedom this 4th of July weekend?

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Recapping NYC’s Summer Streets

|
Last weekend, New York City closed roughly seven miles of streets to automobiles, turning its normally gridlocked streets into an American Ciclovia.  Naturally, NYC Streetsblog was all over the coverage of the event which has been hailed as a monumental success by nearly everyone involved. If you’re interested in seeing what a car-free New York […]

Streetfilms: Going Car-Free in Milwaukee

|
New York has its Summer Streets Series, Los Angeles has Car Free Wilshire on Earth Day, but for the Livable Streets movement it will need to catch on in places that aren’t some of the largest streets in America. On a recent visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Streetfilms contributor Nick Whitaker captured two car-free events happening […]
STREETFILMS

Zozo wants you to Walk to School!

|
For those of you who do not yet know him – meet Zozo!  He’s Livable Streets’ big purple friend who loves anything that gets people out of cars and moving about the streets.  You might find him riding his ZoGo along the new PPW bike lane, sitting out in the pedestrian plaza in Union Square […]

Naparstek Steps Down as Editor-in-Chief of Streetsblog

|
Aaron Naparstek in his Livable Streets Power Broker pose. This will be difficult news for those of you who are already reeling from Oprah’s retirement, Simon Cowell’s abandonment of "American Idol" and Sewell Chan‘s departure from City Room, but here it is: I am leaving my job as editor-in-chief of Streetsblog. For all of the […]
STREETFILMS

Rethinking the Automobile (with Mark Gorton)

|
For more than 100 years New York City government policy has prioritized the needs of the automobile over the needs of any other mode of transport. Working under the faulty assumption that more car traffic would improve business, planners and engineers have systematically made our streets more dangerous and less livable. As a result, even […]

No Streetsie Left Behind: Even More Awards for 2009

|
(I have no idea how I missed these, nevertheless…) Best Community Plan Panel’s Pick: East Hollywood Declares Itself Ped. Friendly DistrictMy Pick: Pasadena Considers Removing Traffic Lane for Bike/Ped What do all of these plans have in common?  They all reduce car dependency to increase capacity for other users.  I’m in love with the idea […]