New York City: Inspiration for a quicker, smarter Seattle?

By Josh Cohen
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Traffic in New York City.

By Josh Cohen

If Seattle is going to make dramatic innovations in transportation, the city may need to act fast.

That was the big message when one of the nation’s most innovative transportation leaders visited Seattle recently to talk about the city’s future.

Along with practical advice, former New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan delivered a bit of an urbanist sermon on reclaiming streets when she spoke to a packed house at Town Hall on April 15.

She was at the helm from 2007-2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is largely credited as the architect of the city’s ongoing transformation from a car-centric city to the pedestrian plaza-laden, protected bike lane-rich, bike-sharing place Seattle wishes it could be.

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