chapter  4
23 Pages

Urban spatial mobility in the age of sustainability

ByThemis Chronopoulos

The fall 2007 issue of the Transportation Alternatives Magazine highlighted “The Complete Streets Revolution.” Various articles provided overviews of how the streets of New York City were surrendered to the needs of the automobile during the twentieth century and contended that this trend was undermining the quality of urban life. The articles also underscored the determination of the contemporary city government in reversing this trend through the creation of green streets, and emphasized the important role of Transportation Alternatives (TA) in advocating Complete Streets.1 The writers of the magazine viewed Complete Streets as one of three important complementary policies that sought to reduce the dominance of the automobile in urban infrastructure; the other two were congestion pricing and parking reform. Congestion pricing sought to charge drivers to enter a large portion of Manhattan while parking reform called for the elimination of free curbside parking on residential streets. According to TA, the proceeds from congestion pricing would fund mass transit (In Focus 2007).