There's a good lecture this Wednesday (Halloween) with Paul Steely White from Transportation Alternatives in NYC, and Aaron Naparstek at Harvard's Kennedy School.
from the announcement:
Paul White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives and Aaron Naparstek, founder of Streetsblog… “Who’s Afraid of Livable Streets?”
Wed, Oct 31 Taubman (HKS) 401, 4:30-6:00 [Note: If Sandy causes a cancellation, we will send out an email on Wed.]
Cities around the world are reversing decades of automobile-oriented planning and policy and redesigning streets to prioritize the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders. Yet, despite successful efforts and a growing body of evidence of economic, public health and environmental benefits, political opposition to Livable Streets is deeply entrenched and difficult to overcome.
For the last ten years, Paul White and Aaron Naparstek have worked to bring transformative change to the streets of New York City. In this Halloween session they will explore the myths and realities of American urban planning and transportation policy and provide advocates with tools to frame the argument, scare away the Livable Streets bogeymen, and create change in their own communities.
I would really like to go see this, but my week is likely to be too crazy for me to leave work early enough to get there for a 4:30 lecture. It sounds good though, so if you're closer, you should really try to go by.