NACTO to Cities: Take Back Your Streets

Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC DOT Commissioner and president of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), discusses NACTO's mission and forthcoming Street Design Guide: a permission slip for cities to change their streets in ways that are out of step with typical national design.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 08:00 EDT | 10
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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
8/22/2013 10:35:21 AM
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CitySolver, re: "I think Asian cities show that getting transport right is so important for world class cities."

How so, and which ones come to mind as examples here?

8/21/2013 4:36:00 PM
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I am really impressed with the scope of NACTO. It makes sense to start with transportation as a sustainable agenda for cities. Getting more green ways and mass transit into cities will help sub communities to connect and live more time rather than travel on packed outdated transport networks. I think Asian cities show that getting transport right is so important for world class cities.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
8/21/2013 2:53:54 PM
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NACTO & the Designing Cities conference
As Janette Sadik-Khan says here, cities are very much "on their own" in the US. In other words, they're not getting the proper attention and funding from the federal government. Were it not for innovative transportation leaders and organizations like NACTO, our cities would not be able to do much to adapt their streets. So we're really fortunate to have NACTO taking charge here, and I'm very excited about the forthcoming guide and hope it will help bring about greater change.

For anyone who's interested, NACTO hosts the Designing Cities conference, and this year it's being held in Phoenix, which I think is an interesting location for a conference about creating world-class streets.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
8/21/2013 9:35:21 AM
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Re: A new mandate
Thanks for the link, Nicole. I'm sure Sadik-Khan will go far wherever she lands. And of course, pushing a sustainable agenda globally wouldn't be a bad route. But there's nothing like being the transportation chief to change a city's focus. And where New York goes I think others will follow -- or at least take close note.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
8/21/2013 9:29:10 AM
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Re: A new mandate
Yes, my understanding is that with a new administration we'll see a new commissioner. I'm already concerned! ;/

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
8/21/2013 9:28:09 AM
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Re: A new mandate
Hi Susan: Nothing has yet been officially declared, re: what the Commissioner is going to do. But it's certainly expected that she will step down and move on. Here's one take on what she and some other big names in the Bloomberg administration may do next. And I echo your "what a loss" comment -- I can hardly bring myself to think about any of this!

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
8/21/2013 9:09:31 AM
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Re: A new mandate
Oh no! She will go when Bloomberg bows out? Gosh, what a loss!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
8/21/2013 9:06:53 AM
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Re: A new mandate
Agreed, Susan. The commissioner provides a new perspective that seems to shift things forward. It will be a great loss when the administration changes. Sigh.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
8/21/2013 8:41:25 AM
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Re: A new mandate
It's amazing that we're still operating on a 50 year old model. Shows the power of car culture.

But Janette Sadik-Khan is so refreshingly forward thinking. Almost every one of her videos I've watched seems to be right on the mark as far as creating wonderfully livable cities. She's a gift.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
8/20/2013 10:28:35 AM
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A new mandate
Another great and informative video from Janette Sadik-Khan highlights how much things have changed in city transportation, and how much they still need to change. We're living in the 1950s in many of our perceptions about the value and use of city streets, and it's time to take an entirely new viewpoint, for our own sakes as well as for the environment.

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