Madison Square before and after NYCSR led redevelopment

Madison Square before and after the public plaza program

At the dawn of a revolution in transportation planning policy, there stands an influential engine that has bridged the divide between advocacy and government, moving towards a common goal. Streetsblog – an advocacy website at the forefront of the livable streets movement and the golden goose of their lesser known parent organization called The Open Planning Project (TOPP) – has teamed with PPS as well as Transportation Alternatives, another well known transportation advocacy group to form a juggernaut of  change for pedestrian, transit and cyclist oriented transportation policy. The three organizations formed a partnership called The New York City Streets Renaissance (NYCSR) in 2005 that has made a powerful and lasting impact on the built environment of the City in just a few short years. If you live in New York City or visit frequently then you most likely noticed some of the results last summer. Lanes of traffic and pavement in Madison Square were reclaimed for pedestrians and cyclists, creating a beautiful and social place. NYCSR also helped to transform the appearance and function of Gansevoort Plaza in the Meat Packing District, among many other places, and the partnership has spawned a new corps of planners in the NYC DOT, dedicated to transforming streets for the benefit of pedestrians and cyclists.

Read More about NYCSR at their official website, here.

Read the whole article on the background of Streetsblog here.