By Annie Weinstock

It’s a familiar trope: New York is not London or Paris or Amsterdam. This phrase, rather than being used to vaunt those things truly great about New York, is most often used as a defense of its mediocrity.

NYC is not alone in this kind of thinking…

By Annie Weinstock

Photo by Joseph Tedeschi, @jtedeschi1968

Canal Street in Manhattan shares the incompatible functions of being the main commercial street through Chinatown and the most direct link for cars and trucks traveling from Brooklyn to New Jersey. …

NIMBY opponents are throwing everything they can at the plan. But they aren’t looking at the real benefits.

by Annie Weinstock

The Gowanus Canal: not exactly a garden spot of America. Photo: Annie Weinstock

This article originally appeared on Streetsblog NYC and is republished here.

Just before the pandemic, I moved to the part of Brooklyn where Carroll Gardens meets Gowanus. Although Smith Street closer to Atlantic Avenue is a restaurant haven, near where I live the street is dead, housing…

By Walter Hook and Annie Weinstock

Bi-articulated bus in downtown Bogotá. Photo (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Galo Naranjo

Until March 2020, Bogotá’s TransMilenio, perhaps the most well-known BRT in the world, was regularly carrying 2.4 million daily passengers, more than most European subways. It had been so popular that its main problem for years was persistent overcrowding on several corridors.

The system…

By Walter Hook and Annie Weinstock

Passengers move through a bright and comfortable Rea Vaya BRT station. Photo credit: Annie Weinstock

Public transport in South Africa is at a crossroads. Life is slowly returning to normal, with daily COVID-19 cases under 1,300. Ridership has returned to about 70% of its pre-COVID levels at least in some areas. National public transport policy, however, is in turmoil.

By Annie Weinstock

Several streets in Downtown Birmingham, UK are 24/7 pedestrian zones. Photo credit: Annie Weinstock

The Flushing Main Street Busway in Queens, that opened this January, operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 24/7 operations for any changes to streets which deprioritize cars, is surprisingly rare in the US. …

By Walter Hook, Annie Weinstock, and Larson Holt

Source: Tdorante10 — CC BY-SA 4.0

In 2016, following a global trend, MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) embarked on a borough-by-borough Bus Network Redesign. Rapid progress was made under Andy Byford’s leadership. Excellent reports detailing existing conditions were completed for the Bronx , Queens, and Brooklyn. A…

By Annie Weinstock

Lately, the internet is abuzz about the 2nd Avenue bike lane. Clarence Eckerson took some peak-hour counts of bicycles and vehicles and found that the volumes aren’t vastly different from each other, despite the vastly disproportionate amount of space allotted to mixed traffic.

Eckerson’s question regarding…

By Walter Hook

In 2000, Bogotá opened TransMilenio, the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to reach the speeds and capacities of heavy rail. Soon after, consensus began to grow — among philanthropy, the development banks, the technical community, the advocacy community, and governments — that a rapid global roll-out of…


Reorientations is a blog by the staff of People-Oriented Cities. Each post provides a novel idea for “reorienting” cities away from cars and towards people.

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