Street Talk #7: People first – putting the public back into the public realm

I am in the land of civilised streets and truly super cycle highways, but I might be persuaded to get on a boat on Monday in time for Tuesday’s Street Talks, in which Oliver Schulze, director of the Gehl Architects’ design studio, will talk to us about how to make civilised streets:

The public realm is the social heart of any city, but social activities of all kinds continue to be squeezed out by efforts to accommodate rather than reduce traffic growth. When cities put cars before people the social and economic life the city suffers and no one has the option to opt out of the environmental impacts.

Join us and Oliver Schulze from Gehl Architects at October’s Street Talk for a journey from Copenhagen to the bike lanes of LA – via taco trucks, snowball fights in Times Square, surface parking lots, Starbucks and Disneyland – as we consider how to put the public back into the public realm. What needs to be done to ensure walking down the street or pausing to chat in a local square is a pleasure rather than a chore? What lessons can London learn from recent efforts to prioritise pedestrians in cities across the world, including New York and even car centric Los Angeles?

Usual time and place: upstairs at the Yorkshire Grey on Theobalds Road, doors open for food and drink from 6, talk at 7ish.

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