New York City’s Department of Transportation has released its eagerly anticipated Street Design Manual, a forward-looking publication that is “as much a map to the future as it is a handbook for the present: getting people to think about streets as not just thoroughfares for cars, but as public spaces incorporating safety, aesthetics, environmental and community concerns.” (Quote from an article on the manual in today’s New York Times.)
This publication draws heavily on the Design Trust’s previous work in sustainable design and construction, both for inspiration and content. “Much of our Street Design Manual, which will be setting this administration’s priorities of efficient, green, livable streets in stone (or, more accurately, asphalt, concrete, and granite), was directly inspired and informed by the Design Trust’s High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines, itself an indispensable reference on designing and building streets intelligently.”
The report should be on the DOT’s website by the end of the day. Check it out!
Carlton Avenue in Brooklyn, before a recent street redesign
Carlton Avenue in Brooklyn, after a recent street redesign. This example illustrates one kind of streetscape transformation this guide will facilitate.