Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 7:00 AM
660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Urban Transportation Visionary Brings Streetfight to Midtown Atlanta
Get unique perspective from a leading voice on urban transportation. Janette Sadik-Khan, author and former New York City transportation commissioner, is internationally respected for her transformative redesigns of streets that are being embraced today in cities around the world. Find out what she has to say about the potential that exists in Atlanta's streets - and how we can make them more livable - at the 2018 Midtown Alliance Annual Meeting, to be held Tuesday, February 13 at the Fox Theatre.
Networking and standup breakfast from 7am-8am. Program runs from 8am-9:30am, followed by Q&A session with Ms. Sadik-Khan.All attendees receive a free copy of her new book, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.
A Cappella Books customers can purchase tickets at MidtownATL.com/AnnualMeeting. Use promo code "PARTNER50" at checkout for 50% off general admission (pay $50 per ticket instead of $100).
Like a modern-day Jane Jacobs, Janette Sadik-Khan transformed New York City's streets to make room for pedestrians, bikers, buses, and green spaces. Describing the battles she fought to enact change, Streetfight imparts wisdom and practical advice that other cities can follow to make their own streets safer and more vibrant.
As New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan managed the seemingly impossible and transformed the streets of one of the world’s greatest, toughest cities into dynamic spaces safe for pedestrians and bikers. Her approach was dramatic and effective: Simply painting a part of the street to make it into a plaza or bus lane not only made the street safer, but it also lessened congestion and increased foot traffic, which improved the bottom line of businesses. Real-life experience confirmed that if you know how to read the street, you can make it function better by not totally reconstructing it but by reallocating the space that’s already there.
Breaking the street into its component parts, Streetfightdemonstrates, with step-by-step visuals, how to rewrite the underlying “source code” of a street, with pointers on how to add protected bike paths, improve crosswalk space, and provide visual cues to reduce speeding. Achieving such a radical overhaul wasn’t easy, and Streetfight pulls back the curtain on the battles Sadik-Khan won to make her approach work. She includes examples of how this new way to read the streets has already made its way around the world, from pocket parks in Mexico City and Los Angeles to more pedestrian-friendly streets in Auckland and Buenos Aires, and innovative bike-lane designs and plazas in Austin, Indianapolis, and San Francisco. Many are inspired by the changes taking place in New York City and are based on the same techniques. Streetfight deconstructs, reassembles, and reinvents the street, inviting readers to see it in ways they never imagined.