Liveable Streets Hosts Video Screening

Liveable Streets Hosts Video Screening

  • Posted on: 5 April 2007
  • By: jmc

"Contested Streets" film screening @ Liveable Streets
Date: Apr 4 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Liveable Streets Office/Gallery 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge, MA Cost is $5. Bring Your Own snacks. Beer and other drinks provided. Doors open @ 6:30pm.

LivableStreets Alliance (LSA) is a Cambridge based non-profit organization that touts "urban transportation has the power to make Boston a more connected, livable city. We challenge people to think differently and to demand a system that balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles. We promote safe, convenient, and affordable transportation for all users in urban Boston. Streets that are enjoyable to use will better support neighborhoods and small business districts. LivableStreets believes that to remain a competitive, world-class city, Boston needs a world-class transportation network – one that makes our city a better place to live, work, and play." LSA is hosting a screening of Contested Streets.

"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 limiting automobile use in recent years has improved air quality, minimized noise pollution and enriched commercial, recreational and community interaction. London's congestion pricing scheme, Paris' BRT (bus rapid transit) and Copenhagen's bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure are all examined in depth. New York City, though to many the most vibrant and dynamic city on Earth, still has lessons to learn from Old Europe."

Watch the video trailer here.