New York City Enhances Its Public Realm with Weekend Walks

July 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm Leave a comment

This summer, community groups in five boroughs of New York are creating thirteen temporary pedestrian streets called Weekend Walks. Local Business Improvement Districts are encouraging pedestrians to take advantage of the carfree public spaces to get to know their community.  Similar to our Sunday Streets, Weekend Walks creates safe places for neighbors to gather and to feel safe walking in their community without any other agenda. The temporary and DIY nature of these day-long street openings, much like the Pavement to Park trial plazas, has allowed these open spaces to come to fruition quickly, with little expense or contention, then return to a thoroughfare just as easily. Perhaps as these neighborhoods enjoy the benefits of these walkways and seating areas others will be inspired to open their streets to the community as well.

Weekend Walks participant takes advantage of the opened street


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The San Francisco Great Streets Project catalyzes the return of our city’s streets to their rightful place as the center of civic life in this wonderful city by working with government, business, and neighborhood leaders to test, analyze and institutionalize placemaking.


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