Last week the Bloomberg administration released New York City’s first street design manual in an effort to rethink the current car dominated landscape in favor of a plan that considers alternative modes of transportation and pedestrian-friendly public spaces. The guidelines are a culmination of nearly two years of research and are meant to reflect a push for greater sustainability in our urban centers, both in terms of environmental concerns and community interactions. In addition to providing a new vision for the city’s streets, the initiative hopes to streamline the design process – currently a typical street can involve multiple city agencies working on specific aspects from light poles to awnings that ultimately slow progress and lead to inefficiencies.

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