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CoMotion LIVE: Rethinking the Street

On May 13th, I hosted “Rethinking the Street,” the latest episode of CoMotion LIVE. Video is above; the description is below:

Cities around the world are using the current crisis as an opportunity to reimagine the street — the most basic building block of any city. We convened on 5/13 to explore different approaches to opening urban streets to people, both during and after the pandemic.

Rethinking the Street brought together some of the sharpest global minds actively working to recreate our roads for a better tomorrow: Philippe Chiambaretta, head of Paris-based PCA Architects and in charge of the brilliant program to reimagine the iconic Champs-Élysées; Pierfrancesco Maran, Deputy Mayor of Milan, where already 35 km of roads are being transformed to promote active mobility and to limit car use as the city emerges from lockdown; Michael Schneider, whose organization Streets for All is leading the charge for open streets in Los Angeles; and Bronwen Thornton, CEO of the UK’s Walk21, an international NGO dedicated to ensuring the right to walk the world over.

To further elaborate on the topic, I invited the Street Plans Collaborative’s Mike Lydon on the CoMotion podcast. (Audio below.)

Episode 65. Greg Lindsay sits down with Mike Lydon, Principal at Street Plans, to discuss how he helps guide cities as they move to open street space for pedestrians and cyclists. Greg also chats with Jonah Bliss about cities’ open streets initiatives, recent micromobility tie-ups, and other happenings of the week.

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Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at its mobility offshoot CoMotion.  He is also a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

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