Maybe you expect we will mention ACL Festival and Halloween when we talk about events in October, but we think it’s worth making time for this one.
City leaders have been talking about having “the courage to experiment” in order to create a more livable city that’s safe and accommodating for all users. And now we have a chance to hear from someone with real experience on pretty amazing project… for public spaces at least. Janette Sadik-Khan, as director of transportation in New York City, has achieved international attention for launching experiments big and small, weathering the initial “fears” of change, and being open to refinements that have produced some highly successful results by any measure. Luckily for us, she is coming to Austin! The Downtown Austin Alliance is hosting a free, public event where you can see and hear more from Janette herself.
Janette Sadik-Khan on Shifting Gears: A Roadmap to Safer Streets and Smarter Cities
- Thursday, Oct. 29th
- Reception: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
- Program: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
- Brazos Hall (204 E. 4th Street)
As just one example: Times Square went from
This To this
But not because some city designer thought it up. They experimented first letting people use it and learning how they wanted to use Times Square.
With a little bit of paint and portable plants, tables, and chairs, New Yorkers were able to experiment with where and how they wanted to shift public spaces making them more inviting and useful to people in that space, not merely the cars passing by it.
Ms. Sadik-Kahn is just one of the many experts visiting Austin in October for the National Association of City Transportation Officials Designing Cities 2015 Conference.