Last night, Streetsblog and the NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign, a partnership between Transportation Alternatives, The Open Planning Project and Project for Public Spaces, sponsored a panel at the New York Historical Society titled, “Street Renaissance: How You Can Transform NYC Streets.”

Panelists from NYC organizations discussed taking their activism to the next step and doing community-based projects and planning, resulting in such projects as: the High Line, the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, and the Community Vision for 9th Avenue.

In hopes of encouraging more communities to organize, The Streets Renaissance Campaign has announced that it will provide grants for summer block parties, which will, “help neighbors build consensus around the value of reduced car traffic on neighborhood streets. This is your chance to host a party and develop a plan to build a greener and safer neighborhood at the same time!” Check out their site for more information and an application.