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The backstory: How LivableStreets advocates changed Boston

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:00pm Jeffrey Rosenblum, Adjunct Instructor, Northeastern University; Ph.D. candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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The backstory: How LivableStreets advocates changed Boston

  1. 1. •1 STREET DESIGN OUTLAW Portland State University 13 July 2015 jeffreyr@mit.edu
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  3. 3. Advocacy Government Academia
  4. 4. PractitionerResearcher ?
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  7. 7. Collaborative Transit Planning 10
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  9. 9. Western Avenue 19
  10. 10. 20 What is the problem?
  11. 11. 27 How did we get here?
  12. 12. Early footage of the rise of the automobile in NYC (Contested Streets) • http://vimeo.com/26396887 • 3:25-3:38 205-218 • 4:24-4:56 264-296 • 8:00-8:57 480-537 • 15:55-16:24 955-984 28
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  14. 14. 30 The beginning of opposition
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  17. 17. 33 HEAVY TRAFFIC 16,000 veh/day MEDIUM TRAFFIC 8,000 veh/day LIGHT TRAFFIC 2,000 veh/day 0.9 friends 3.1 acquaintances 1.3 friends 4.1 acquaintances 3 friends 6.3 acquaintances
  18. 18. DOWNTOWN BOSTON
  19. 19. BOSTON
  20. 20. 39 MY DAUGHTER’S SCHOOL
  21. 21. MY DAUGHTER’S SCHOOL
  22. 22. CENTRAL SQUARE
  23. 23. 45 Things are beginning to change
  24. 24. The role of advocacy
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  26. 26. What do we do? • Inspire a vision • Build partnerships • Empower communities • Create change
  27. 27. Transformation through advocacy 1. Convince government to do it 2. Provide technical assistance 3. Build grass-roots support for projects
  28. 28. Stage 1 Before Policy Adoption Stage 2 Early Ramp-up Stage 3 Active Implementation Policy Adoption time Framework
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  31. 31. Hub On Wheels bicycle ride 56
  32. 32. 62 Design manual flexibility: YES • “The intent of this policy is to provide guidance to the designer by referencing a recommended range of values… • Sufficient flexibility is permitted to encourage independent designs tailored to particular situations”
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  34. 34. Commonwealth Avenue. BeforeCommonwealth Avenue, Boston before city
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  36. 36. Boston Tries to Shed Longtime Reputation as Cyclists’ Minefield By KATIE ZEZIMA | August 8, 2009
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  40. 40. AM PM Do nothing C C Add bicycle lanes F D Technical traffic analysis
  41. 41. Boston Globe, Feb 10, 2009 “BU bridge plans could spur road rage; Some fear closing lane will choke traffic”
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  48. 48. • CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL VIDEO? 88
  49. 49. “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.”

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