Flashback Friday: ReMOOOve the Barricades!

Clarence has been unearthing old footage from the Streetfilms vault this summer in preparation for Transportation Alternatives’ 40th anniversary bash. This week’s installment takes us back to the end of 1997, when the Giuliani administration and NYPD erected pedestrian barricades in Midtown, preventing people from crossing major avenues to make way for turning traffic. TA’s protest got covered on all seven local newscasts, but Giuliani went ahead and made the barricades permanent. They remain to this day.

Before you hit play, guess which network led off its segment by proclaiming that “jaywalking is dangerous, slows down ambulances, and is downright rude.” Hint: It’s kind of surprising.