While the rise and persistence of COVID-19 has spawned debates about the future of cities, we have the power today to begin evolving public spaces to better support urban life. With car traffic at all-time lows today (and the promise of congestion pricing and driverless cars coming fast) our street network provides immediately available public space to help relieve the pressures of density, and not just for transportation purposes. New York City has committed to opening up 100 miles of streets to pedestrians, following successful models in other US cities. Experts from the fields of transportation, active open space and government convene to discuss the best uses of roads to support exercise, social distancing, restaurant/bar outdoor seating, last-mile supply chain management, and public health needs such as testing and treatment. Are there permanent changes that should be kicked off now? What else can our streets be used for? What opportunities do we have today to permanently improve the city for tomorrow?
Matthew Kwatinetz, Director, The Urban Lab, NYU, Schack Institute of Real EstateSpeakers:
Eran Chen, Founding Principal, ODA
Joanna Frank, President & CEO, Center for Active Design
Sam Schwartz, Founder & CEO, Sam Schwartz Consulting, LLC
This webinar is hosted by ULI NY’s Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) Program. We will be bringing together mid- to late- career professionals to contemplate specific solutions for the public sector. In the month following the webinar, opportunities to participate in break-out sessions will be made available to ULI members to flesh out any ideas brought up during the webinar discussion. The TAPs Steering Committee will then plan to release a memo of recommendations.