Coming soon… The Livable Streets Network

For the past several months, my coworkers and I over at The Open Planning Project have been hard at work on an important redesign and new product launch. I’m now excited to say that the final launch is, ahem, days away.  Streetsblog and StreetFilms have been hugely popular since they launched two years ago, making… Continue reading

Taking it to the streets

(ok, I obviously need to work on less cheesy headlines, but for the moment…) On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of accompanying TOPP’s latest hire, Kim Wiley-Schwartz, on a pilot session for her new Livable Streets curriculum.  She’s developing an education program around Livable Streets that’s debuting in several NYC public schools this spring. This… Continue reading

Wanted: Awesome web designer

Here at The Open Planning Project, we are currently looking to add to our talented design team.  If you’re a web designer with visual design talent, rock-solid production skills, and a strong intuition for user experience, we want to hear from you.  Download the full job description. Life is good at TOPP — we work… Continue reading

Streetfilms: Diverter

Elizabeth Press over at Streetfilms has been producing awesome stop-motion animations recently. The latest: Diverter. This short video shows how diverters can be used to redirect traffic flow and make intersections more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists. This is a great follow-up to Clarence Eckerson’s epic Berkeley Bike Boulevards video, showing some of these ideas… Continue reading

Welcome to the Undesign

Over the past two years, I’ve redesigned this website about 5 times, but never finished. Talk about frustrating. Eventually, I realized that I was getting nowhere, and that instead of a redesign, what I really needed was an undesign. So that’s what I did. Welcome to wrkng -1.0, my first undesign. Lately I’ve been getting… Continue reading

Carbon Tax Center Redesign

Today, we launched a redesign of the Carbon Tax Center website. The primary goal was to create a more impactful homepage that communicates CTC’s mission quickly and clearly. In doing so, we also reworked the site header (to remove distracting and unncessary graphics), and crispened up the typography. CTC has been getting a lot of… Continue reading

The Professional Basketball Players at Make Music NY

The Professional Basketball Players were happy to be part of Make Music New York yesterday, the first incarnation of this international music festival here in NYC. We had a great time playing at the Liz Christy Community Garden on the Lower East Side — thanks to everyone there for having us, and to everyone who… Continue reading

Streetfilms Launched

I’m proud to announce the launch of StreetFilms, the new home of Clarence Eckerson’s short films about Livable Streets, and another site in the New York City Streets Renaissance family.Back when I was in college, riding the CalTrain to San Jose for work, I thought that one day I might make Public Service Announcements lauding… Continue reading

Supporting Women Artists Project

Supporting Women Artists Project (SWAP) is a new non-profit organization that offers free studio space for women artists in exchange for mentoring young girls who are interested in art. They are just gearing up for their first year, and are now accepting donations online. Way to go Frannie and Andrea! Continue reading

Streetsblog Launched

I am happy to announce the launch of another great NYC website: StreetsBlog. A project of the NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign and edited by NYC transportation/planning blogger Aaron Naparstek, this site will take a critical look at transportation issues in our area. I’ve been a fan of Aaron’s writing for some time, so it was… Continue reading

GRDN featured at

GRDN has been getting a lot of attention lately – thanks to everyone for sending in your comments. Most notably, it has been chosen as a featured case study at (one of two, randomly highlighted on the homepage). Cube Cart is the e-commerce package we used, chosen mainly because it’s the only php-based e-commerce… Continue reading

Museum Mile Festival

If you haven’t heard about it, the Museum Mile Festival is coming up again this June 13th. Every June, 23 blocks of 5th Avenue (between 82nd & 105th Streets) are closed for a giant block party – pretty awesome. All the museums along the mile open to the public, and there are all sorts of… Continue reading

Hello, World!

This is the first post of the newly redesigned site. It’s nothing fancy, but I’m excited because I’ve always wanted a black-on-black site (and haven’t had the nerve to do it until now).  I’ll be adding more as I have time over the next few weeks. Continue reading