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Contested Streets (2006)

Through interviews with leading historians, urban planners, and government officials, CONTESTED STREETS explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile times ... See full summary »

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Stefan C. Schaefer
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Majora Carter Majora Carter ... Self
Kenneth Jackson Kenneth Jackson ... Self
Robert R. Kiley Robert R. Kiley ... Self
Cyris Laury-Schaefer Cyris Laury-Schaefer ... Toddler
Mike Wallace Mike Wallace ... Self
Kathryn S. Wylde Kathryn S. Wylde ... Self
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Through interviews with leading historians, urban planners, and government officials, CONTESTED STREETS explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile times to the present. This examination allows for an understanding of how the city, though the most well served by mass transit in the United States, has slowly relinquished what was a rich, multi-dimensional conception of the street as public space to a mindset that prioritizes the rapid movement of cars and trucks over all other functions. Central to the story is a comparison of New York to what is experienced in London, Paris and Copenhagen. Interviews and footage shot in these cities showcase how curtailing automobile use in recent years has improved air quality, mitigated noise pollution and enriched commercial, recreational and community interaction. Congestion pricing, bus rapid transit (BRT) and pedestrian and bike infrastructure schemes and looked at in depth. New York City, though to many the ... Written by Stefan Schaefer

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Breaking New York City Gridlock

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Budget:

$145,000 (estimated)
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Cicala Filmworks See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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How to make NYC friendly to people rather than cars
21 October 2006 | by scottsobelSee all my reviews

This film is an excellent explanation of the changes necessary to make New York a city for people. We already know we can't accommodate all of the cars. Let's work toward allowing the few that really need to drive in to get in without traffic and the rest to get in quickly comfortably and easily on mass transit or bicycles.

Note that this film is NOT solely about New York. THIS CAN WORK FOR ANY CITY!!

I would also strongly recommend some of the additional features. In particular, everyone should watch the segment by Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor of Bogota Columbia. He transformed that city in just three years and is a very powerful speaker on this subject.


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