A rare design post: transforming streets in NYC and Chicago

I don’t write much about design here – partly because it feels less urgent to me as a matter of public policy than issues of equity, partly because there are lots of other people in Chicago who writing what I would write, but doing it much better – but if you care at all about this kind of thing, you should really watch this video, especially if you haven’t been to New York to see it firsthand.

It makes me feel, at least, like the “transformative” reign of Gabe Klein kind of pales in comparison. Maybe I’ll feel differently if (when) BRT comes. We’ll see.

Worth noting that CDOT has been making some noises in the direction of reclaiming unnecessary road space – but I haven’t seen anything like a dramatic transformation yet. They are building a new little triangular plaza near me, up at Milwaukee and Diversey. Again, we’ll see.

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