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Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution Hardcover – March 8, 2016
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“Janette Sadik-Khan is like the child that Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs never had: an urban visionary determined to reshape the streets of New York, but with an abiding concern for the health of neighborhoods and the safety of their residents. If you care about the future of cities, read Streetfight.”—Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor
“Cities are where innovation, creativity and the unexpected happens, and Janette has helped make ours, New York City, safer, more livable and more profitable all at once. I watched these exciting changes happen, but the really interesting part is how she managed to implement these changes quickly and cheaply. That’s where other cities can use this as a manual for change on issues like health reform, education and the arts. This, then, is not just a book about transportation.”—David Byrne, musician, artist
“This book is an urban epic as audacious as the changes Janette Sadik-Khan made to the map of New York City. She is a superhero for cities and an inspiration that streets built to human scale aren’t impossible, but merely awaiting those who dare.”—Jan Gehl, Urbanist, architect, author
“To create safe and inclusive cities, being a visionary is not enough. You must also be an advocate, a communicator, a doer and, perhaps most importantly, a street fighter. Janette is that person and this is a book that provides the proof of the possible for citizens and their elected leaders everywhere.”—Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogota
"Sadik-Khan's work will serve as a guidebook to city planners and traffic engineers everywhere, and motivate disenchanted urban dwellers to urge local politicians to make their cities more liveable."—Booklist
“[A] bicycle visionary.”—Frank Bruni, The New York Times
“Sadik-Khan manages to be equal parts Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses.”—New York Magazine
“If [Robert] Moses had owned a pink fingernail of [Sadik-Khan’s] beguilement, he might have scored a bridge across the Atlantic.”—Esquire
“[Sadik-Khan is] an urban visionary who cuts through the gridlock.”—Slate
About the Author
Seth Solomonow is a manager with Bloomberg Associates. He was the chief media strategist for Janette Sadik-Khan and New York City’s transportation department under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Solomonow has written for The New York Times and his hometown newspaper, The Staten Island Advance. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Top Customer Reviews
Sadik-Khan explores the no-car solutions worldwide, and outlines the benefits; you get less smog, shorter commutes, lower fuel costs, decreased traffic, and if you increase the landmarks, navigation becomes easier. She also discusses the many sacrifices to me made, such as when 1st Avenue in Manhattan got a bike lane. The Avenue, once a five-lane road, is reduced to only three car lanes; one for bikes, one for buses, and three for cars. While cars end up with fewer lanes and parking, she’s not terribly sympathetic; most of the cars on 1st Avenue are commercial, and few New Yorkers can afford a car anyway.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my daughter who is into urban biking and improving street biking in her community. She thought the book was very good.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This is a book for everyone, no matter your interest in transportation. It is inspiring and positive, proving it is possible to make our cities friendly to all who live and visit... Read morePublished 16 days ago by VBSport
An eye opening look into how society can unintentionally impede positive urban development.Published 18 days ago by Sean Scott
Great examples of a new commitment to tailoring the urban fabric to fit people, not just automobiles.Published 28 days ago by Scott M.