New York City Pedestrian Plazas
New York City Department of Transportation has been the national leader in creating vibrant pedestrian plazas from New York City streets. They have worked hard to improve pedestrian safety, increase accessibility and create a more comfortable pedestrian environment in typically chaotic areas in Times Square and Madison Square.
They have successfully created small scale and large scale plazas that have increased pedestrian and cyclist safety and comfort and created usable, enjoyable destinations and have improved the flow of all users and garnered world-wide attention.
Click on the link for a Vimeo of the Putnam Plaza opening, Brooklyn, by Adele Pham
For more information on the NYCDOT program, please click here.
San Francisco Pavement to ParksSan Francisco’s Pavement to Parks program recognized than streets take up more space that all the city’s parks combined. This program reclaims underused streets in an effort to create more park and public space.San Francisco is also experimenting with “parklets”, which repurpose a few parking spaces to extend the sidewalk on a platform and create a destination for people to sit and enjoy their city. These spaces are full of plants, artwork and moveable seating.
- Noe Valley Parklet, sfpavementtoparks.sfplanning.org/
For more information on Pavement to Parks, click here.