Friday, April 4, 2008

MAKE YOUR CITY AS MUCH FUN AS WODONGA, AUSTRALIA

BRINGING URBAN PLACES ALIVE WITHOUT SPENDING MILLIONS




David Engwicht is a livable streets philosopher and author. Creator of the Walking School Bus, Mental Speed Bumps and many other innovative ways of taming traffic and increasing pedestrian safety, he has taken on "the challenge of a lifetime" to revitalize the downtown district of Wodonga, a small city in Australia often referred to as "Struggle Town" in comparison to its sister city Albury just across the Murray River. A video shows place making in action. Engwicht has initiated the successful Lounging on High Friday night series that features giant versions of board games and an eclectic range of seating options, the goal being to encourage residents to take back their streets and re-imagine what is possible. To create a more human pace, on these Friday nights Wodonga closes one street and removes two lanes of car travel on another to encourage relaxation and fun.



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