As many of you know by now, we celebrated our 10th year anniversary this summer which culminated in a rousing dinner reception for over 200 guests at the StreetsBall in November 2016! The centerpiece of the gala was this video which looked at our last decade working hard to change the streets in New York City, the U.S. and cities all over the world.
This film showcases only a small portion of the work that thousands of volunteers and advocates have put in but begins its tale with the NYC Streets Renaissance, a synergy of advocacy groups that banded together in 2005 to try to rally people and tell them the public space outside could change and that there were best practices all over the world to admire.
We look at early work visiting Bogota to see their Bus Rapid Transit and Ciclovia, the effect Streetsblog had on the Bloomberg administration, how Streetfilms helped distribute free videos to advocates across the world, the work of Janette Sadik-Khan, the Prospect Park Bike lane controversy, how coverage of victims of traffic violence is important to help start and embolden a movement and how city government’s elected officials have come to embrace making a city more livable and human for people who live in it.
In closing it also looks at 2017 when we will be kicking off a new campaign of the NYC Streets Renaissance 2.0, which will push even more progressive street redesigns into the public realm.
A note: this Streetfilm runs over 12 minutes, but if we had time this could easily be a 90 minute feature documentary. Apologies to anyone left on the cutting room floor and topics not even tapped, but perhaps someday, somewhere funding will come forth to make that film!