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Posts Tagged ‘Streetfilms’

Streetfilms – Kidical Mass NYC: “Zombie Ride,” Queens

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Streetfilms – Kidical Mass NYC: “Zombie Ride,” Queens

About 30 folks attended the Kidical Mass “Zombie Ride” in Queens today. What a great time had by all participants.

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Pittsburgh, PA: Ode to an Incline

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA: Ode to an Incline

While at ProWalk ProBike ProPlace, I took a long walk and ended up on the Monongahela Incline. Realized I documented just enough footage to put together a little tribute, for those of you who have never boarded a funicular or an incline before.

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Parking: Searching for the Good Life in the City

Monday, July 21st, 2014
Parking: Searching for the Good Life in the City

For too long cities sought to make parking a core feature of the urban fabric, only to discover that yielding to parking demand caused that fabric to tear apart. Parking requirements for new buildings have quietly been changing the landscape of how people live. Chipping away at walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods has been a slow process that finally turned cities across the U.S. into parking craters and a few in Europe into parking swamps.

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Parking Craters: Scourge of American Downtowns

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Parking Craters: Scourge of American Downtowns

Angie Schmitt, editor of Streetsblog USA and originator of the “parking crater” term is blunt, “a parking crater is a depression in the middle of an urban area formed by the absence of buildings”.

Whether parking craters are formed due to the meteors of 20th Century bad policy, a city’s erosion of manufacturing or housing, the abandoned scraps leftover by freeway building or just plain unfortunate luck, they absolutely destroy sections of city downtowns and make the environment more inhospitable and unattractive for livable streets. In these areas there is virtually no street life.or vitality. You’ll find little greenery or open space. In hotter cities the heating of the asphalt and parked cars make the air oppressive. It’s hell on earth. It is a parking crater.

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Streetfilms: Charles Montgomery Discusses “Happy City” with Mark Gorton

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Streetfilms: Charles Montgomery Discusses “Happy City” with Mark Gorton

Mark Gorton interviews award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery about his fantastic new book “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Thru Urban Design,” which delves in to the hard-to-measure metric of happiness and how the built environment of the place we live directly affects us.

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Dallas, TX: The Better Block Celebrates Four Years Transforming Communities

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Dallas, TX: The Better Block Celebrates Four Years Transforming Communities

For a very long time, Streetfilms has wanted to profile Jason Roberts and the amazing work of The Better Block. It was destiny that a few weeks ago we were able to sync up to be present for the fourth anniversary of The Better Block in Oak Cliff. This temporary pedestrian plaza was adjacent to the site where they first debuted their innovative ideas to change a street.

You’ll see some of the behind-the-scenes set up and preparation. But I already know the visuals people will be talking about most is their transformation of a dangerous intersection in to a safer one using only temporary materials – especially a really inventive way of re-purposing decals as crosswalks!

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NYC: Citizens Demand 20 MPH Slow Zones

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Streetfilms visited a well-attended event of 35 activists and volunteers in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There’s a big push citiwide in NYC from many sides including traffic safety neighborhood groups, advocacy groups and NYC councilmembers to get Albany’s state government to pass a “home rule” law allowing NYC to set the city wide speed limit at 20 mph.

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Streetfilms: The Power of Bicycling (Get Psyched)

Monday, February 17th, 2014
Streetfilms: The Power of Bicycling (Get Psyched)

This has been the worst winter of my adult life. And if you live most places in the United States you’d probably agree. Between the extreme below-average temperatures and the constant barrage of snowstorms, it’s made cycling outdoors a rough proposition – even for the intrepid.

To attempt to lift my spirits, I started browsing archived Streetfilms bike b-roll from all over the world, and I could feel my mood instantly change. We’ve certainly been lucky to shoot in great bicycle places in beautiful weather and that magic of bike love easily translates via the camera. So I thought maybe I should share some of that joy and get some of you to look forward to the Spring with this hasty assembled montage.

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NYC Streets Metamorphosis: 2002-2014

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

There’s nothing more dramatic than looking back five or ten years at Streetfilms footage to see how much the streets of New York City have changed. In this wonderful montage, check out the incredible changes at Times Square, Herald Square, the Brooklyn waterfront, and many other places that outgoing NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and her staff have intrepidly transformed.

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Riding the Bike Share Boom

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Riding the Bike Share Boom

Without a doubt 2013 has been a banner year for bike share in the United States with large systems implemented in New York City (Citibike) & Chicago (Divvy) and many others debuting (or expanding their size) in cites big and small. In fact, Citibike now boasts over 10 million bike miles travelled and is inching closer to 100,000 members!

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