Mark Gorton: Fixing the Great Mistake: Explores the Effect of Automobile Policies in New York City

September 20, 2011   8:30 am - 10:00 am
NYU - Puck Building - Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
295 Lafayette St. (at E. Houston St.), 2nd Floor
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NYU Wagner Rudin Center

Join NYU Wagner Rudin Center for a discussion with OpenPlans and New York City Streets Renaissance founder Mark Gorton as he examines and questions the role of the automobile in New York City.

For more than 100 years New York City government policy has prioritized the needs of the automobile over the needs of any other mode of transport. Working under the faulty assumption that more car traffic would improve business, planners and engineers have systematically made the City’s streets more dangerous and less vibrant places.

As a cyclist, pedestrian, neighbor, and parent, Gorton will question why we have allowed automobiles to transform our streets from dynamic places full of play, human interaction, and commerce, into dangerous, stress-inducing thoroughfares. He will outline and refute the key myths about cars in the city, offer a vision of life in New York City after a comprehensive adoption of livable streets principles, and discuss how technology can empower citizens in the planning process.