There's a really interesting article on New York magazine's website about the city's transport commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, and how her quiet, budget-conscious introduction of cycle lanes and pedestrianised streets might add up to a dramatic transformation of the city.

http://nymag.com/news/features/56794/

New Zealand city planners should take note: New York has learned that more roads simply mean more vehicles, and that the best cities are the ones that are kindest to pedestrians.
 
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