What a difference a few years and a determined attitude can make.

This video, put together by Clarence Eckerson at Streetfilms, shows the transformation of some of New York’s busiest roadways to best accommodate tourists, pedestrians, bicycles, cars, and public transit.

The metropolis’ reputation for mean streets may have to be reviewed with all of these scenes of smiling and happy people co-existing in the same space. The inclusion of separated bike lanes, public spaces, green spaces and more as part of the urban landscape seems to have all but supplanted the cliche of the gridlocked, honking, angry streets New York was once known for with a much more serene alternative.

Can Toronto learn something from New York’s street revitalization?


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