Streetfilms: NYSDOT Commish on Smart Growth and Stimulus

One thing we’ve learned from the stimulus saga is that many state DOTs still haven’t kicked the highway habit. New York’s state DOT is one of the exceptions: Expansion projects are mercifully absent from its stimulus wish list, according to a recent analysis by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

Under Commissioner Astrid Glynn, the agency is building a reputation as one of the country’s more progressive state DOTs. Streetfilms’ Elizabeth Press sat down with Glynn yesterday to discuss smart growth, shovel-readiness, and — stay tuned til the end — how she gets to work in Albany. Keep an eye out for the upcoming Streetfilm on Bronx greenways and the Sheridan Expressway — a prime teardown candidate — projects that are counting on Glynn’s DOT.

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Streetfilms: A Streetside Chat With Jan Gehl

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