Oculus - Spring 2014 - (Page 28)

©James S. Russell TIME TO WELCOME WOONERFS The pleasures - and perils - of pedaling, and why we need "living streets" in New York BY MICHAEL SORKIN ©Daniel Carlson I 28 've become a reasonably devoted user of the Citi Bike system. My situation is ideal: I live on Chambers Street and work just below Houston, so the ride is brief enough to beat virtually any other form of transportation and long enough to impart a sense of virtue and, on a warm day, break a mild sweat. I like these bikes for a number of reasons, beginning with the fact that they are on the front lines of the struggle for our city's largest public space, its streets. It warms my heart to see a row of parking spaces appropriated for a row of bikes. The pleasure is not simply in seeing the new means available, but the excision of the old, the capture of a portion of the street from the storage of private vehicles to a higher public use. My route, however, is perilous. I go up Church Street - which can be hairy - and generally angle onto West Broadway, hang a louie on Prince Street, and look for a space on MacDougal. The only portion of the trip that takes place in a designated bike lane is the three short blocks across Prince at the end. While it's bracing to see the ever-increasing numbers of bikers using the lane - Oculus Spring 2014 Civic Spirit: Civic Visions

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2014

Letter From the President
Letter From the Editor
Center for Architecture
Some Blocks Over
Opener: Open to the Public: Civic Space Now
The Search for the Soul of Cities
A Different Tale of Two Cities
Public Space Reasserts Its Political Role
Gatherings of One
Time to Welcome Woonerfs
Redesigning the Crossroads of the World
A Magical Place on the Water
How to Remember a Plague
Sustainable Models for a Just City
In Print
50-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

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