In yesterday’s Times, writer Jeff Byles interviews a number of people who are thinking about ways to change our relationship with our streets. He writes, “These street reformers — planners, architects and urban officials from around the globe — are questioning the conventional street-curb-sidewalk motif, challenging the dominance of cars, and devising ways to use street furniture, plants and even radical new vehicles to transform the experience of the street.”

He examines 10 methods for street improvements, from creating permanent play streets and bicycle boulevards, to creating a “green grid” on Manhattan’s busiest streets. The article mentions three community-based plans: the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, Ninth Avenue Renaissance, and vision42, all of which will be included in Planning for All New Yorkers, an Atlas of Community-Based plans, set to launch online next week.

But community-based planners are not the only ones thinking about making our streets greener and more pedestrian-friendly. On April 28, DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn will visit the Municipal Art Society to present:

Sustainable Streets
Highlights from the Strategic Plan for the New York City Department of Transportation 2008 and Beyond

Monday, April 28, 2008
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m., Remarks at 6:45 p.m.
At the Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Avenue, at E.51st Street
Space is limited and reservations are required.
Please call the Municipal Art Society
on 212-935-2075 or reserve your place online now

…Rumor has it there will be valet bike parking.

Photo of Gansevoort Plaza via Project for Public Spaces.