Sociology David Engwicht Street Reclaiming

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Street Reclaiming

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9780865714045: Street Reclaiming

This is an invitation across the nation, a chance for folks to meet, They'll be laughing, singing, and music swinging, Dancing in the streets.- Martha and the Vandellas

Imagine your street with 50% less traffic. Imagine drivers acting as guests on your street - now transformed into a dynamic "outdoor living room" with children playing and neighbors chatting. Dream no longer!

Historically, streets were not just for traffic. They were the epicenter of community life - a place for socializing, children's play, drama, education, celebrations, social events, and economic activity. These important functions have been slowly eroded as car traffic has exerted its dominance. Part social history and part community-activist handbook, Street Reclaiming celebrates the potential of our streets to become vibrant and prosperous centers of culture and community once again.

International urban planner David Engwicht provides a step-by-step process to psychologically and physically reclaim our streets, starting with a simple six-week program to reduce traffic by 30%-50% (without involving local officials), then introducing psychological reclaiming techniques that the whole community can participate in to counter car culture and exert the community's rights to the street. The last stage calls for actual physical reclaiming: converting traffic space into community spaces that will enhance the social fabric of the neighborhood.

From creative play spaces and fantastic street murals to poetic pavement and street furniture, Engwicht's smorgasbord of exciting ideas is contagious. Including over 140 lively illustrations, this is an excellent resource for community activists and the broad range of professionals engaged in community planning.

David Engwicht is an award-winning urban design and transportation consultant. He has presented at international conferences and consulted for city and government departments in the U.K., Australia, and North America. Engwicht has authored six previous titles on traffic and community development including Reclaiming Our Cities and Towns (New Society Publishers). He lives in Australia.

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David Engwicht is an award-winning urban design and transportation consultant. He has presented at international conferences and consulted for city and government departments in the UK, Australia, and North America. Engwicht has authored six previous titles on traffic and community development. He lives in Australia.

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This book is about the cultural and economic significance of "street life." Ever since ancient Athens and Greece, Engwicht argues, streets have been a major center of commerce, socialization, and cultural exchange. But the advent of automobiles and suburbanization in the 20th century eroded the richness of American streetlife. Streets and sidewalks, once filled with people and furniture, are now filled with automobiles carrying citizens to those indoor streets, malls. Using an abundance of drawings that detail urban traffic patterns, Engwicht prescribes a series of creative methods for returning vibrancy to the street--everything from reducing traffic with more one-way routes to making avenues more like living rooms with the addition of rugs, television sets, and bulletin boards. Even when he's making really quirky suggestions, Engwicht is scholarly; he writes with great depth and provides thorough footnotes. A fascinating and practical approach to an enduring issue; recommended for public and academic libraries that support sociology and anthropology departments.
-Kevin Whalen, Somerset Cty. Lib., Bridgewater, NJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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