San Francisco's Sunday Streets: How Vibrant Can City Space Be

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Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission District on July 19, 2009, during "Sunday Streets" program that opened two car-free miles of streets to pedestrians, skaters and cyclists.



San Francisco boogeyed for its fifth Sunday (the two were in 2008), marking a trend for streets to be closed to cars on weekends so people can use the space for their own devices, sans autos.

Portland, Oregon and New York City have also picked up on this approach to opening up urban space in creative new ways, following a trend that began in Bogota, Columbia called the Ciclovia, where 70 miles of the city's streets are available to non-carbon emitting forces for the entire Sunday. Some 1.8 million take part in Ciclovia.

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    Warren Karlenzig
Warren Karlenzig, Common Current founder and president, has worked with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (lead co-author United Nations Shanghai Manual: A Guide to Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century, 2011); United Nations Center for Regional Development (training of mayors from 13 Asian nations on city sustainable economic development and technology); provinces of Guizhou and Guangdong, China (urban sustainability master planning and green city standards); the United States White House and Environmental Protection Agency (Eco-Industrial Park planning and Industrial Ecology primer); the nation of South Korea ("New Cities Green Metrics"); The European Union ("Green and Connected Cities Initiative"); the State of California ("Comprehensive Recycling Communities" and "Sustainable Community Plans"); major cities; and the world's largest corporations developing policy, strategy, financing and critical operational capacities for 20 years.

Present and recent clients include the Guangzhou Planning Agency; the Global Forum on Human Settlements; the Shanghai 2010 World Expo Bureau; the US Department of State; the Asian Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainability; the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; the non-governmental organization Ecocity Builders; a major mixed-use real estate development corporation; an educational sustainability non-profit; and global corporations. Read more here.

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