LSN at the Carfree Cities Conference

This week, a handful of us from the Livable Streets team at TOPP are out in Portland, OR visiting the 8th International Towards Carfree Cities conference. Tomorrow morning, we’ll be giving a presentation entitled “Street Fight!  Lessons from the NYC Livable Streets Movement.”  So far, we’ve had a great time here in Portland — we picked… Continue reading

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

Changing behavior, one bag at a time

Yesterday, American Airlines announced that it’s going to start charging a fee for checked baggage. Of course, this will draw the ire of frequent and not-so-frequent flyers everywhere. But, perhaps it makes some sense. What’s making flying expensive right now is the cost of fuel. So, if people pack less, planes will be lighter and… 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

Taking the train to work

Last Tuesday, Aaron Naparstek and I took in the Yankee game and watched the impressive Cliff Lee throw a 7-inning shut out and drop his ERA to 0.81, in what some analysts were calling “the pitching matchup of the season” (5-0 Lee vs. 6-0 Wang). It turns out, had we been a little earlier, we… Continue reading

Digifesto

One of my colleagues at The Open Planning Project, Sebastian Benthall, has started blogging over at Digifesto. Seb is one sharp cookie, so keep an eye on this blog for lots of great web gems — the blog will be focusing on “how the internet and open source software can be used by civil society… Continue reading

MX Conference

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the MX Conference in San Francisco. MX stands for Managing Experience, and is targeted at people like me: managers of creative teams attempting to produce great user experiences. The conference is put on by the folks at Adaptive Path, who have a fair amount of experience managing… 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 CubeCart.com

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 CubeCart.com (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

And off they go…

I’m proud to say that PPS and GRDN are both up and running. In fact, just the day after opening, GRDN got their first web order. Way to go! Continue reading

Launch Weekend!

This weekend will be big – two great launches are coming up – the new and improved GRDN site, and a redesiged and realigned PPS.org. Stay tuned… Continue reading