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Janette Sadik-Khan

Sadik-Khan Packs the House in LA, Then Brings It Down

Thanks to Clarence
Eckerson for this Streetfilms Shortie.

The L.A.
StreetSummit kicked off
last night with a rousing keynote
address and slide show by the groundbreaking New York City DOT
Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn. Three levels of an Occidental College
auditorium were packed with students, bike advocates from around the county, and others interested
in Livable Streets to hear Sadik-Kahn talk about the
changes that have come to New York City's streets under her and Mayor
Michael Bloomberg's leadership in the past three years.

lecture was continually interrupted by cheers and even gasps of
astonishment for the "before" and "after" pictures of the now car-free
pedestrian plaza in Times Square and Herald Square.

One thing that you could palpably feel
from the NYCDOT boss was the sense of pride in how her department has
changed the way people
think about transportation and even about city government: The speech
was peppered with New York City promos, my favorite of which came when
she pointed out that "New Yorkers have one-third of the carbon
footprint of the average American. If you're really serious about
saving the planet, you should move to New York City," she said.

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