Uni Talking TransitionYesterday, at the Talking Transition tent, the Uni received a wonderful donation of books from NYC DOT, delivered by Jeff Malamy from the NYC DOT Commissioner’s Office. Included was the just-published “Sustainable Streets: 2013 and Beyond,” a detailed summary of the department’s work over the past six years with guidance for the next administration. Also included was Making Streets Safer, which distills the creation of safer streets into five, easy-to-understand, principles. Check out these and other titles online in the DOT’s virtual library.


We’ve seen first-hand how the DOT’s efforts with community plazas, play streets, and Weekend Walks are benefitting neighborhoods. These new public spaces are where we bring our portable reading room. And we appreciate that DOT sees value in hard copy publishing too! Finally, we’re pleased to announce that the Uni will join NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at a special event on Corona Plaza on TUE 11/26.

social life of small urban spaces

People at DOT have told us that the books below have deeply influenced their work. You can help build our new NYC DOT collection by purchasing these titles from Strand Bookstore (or your favorite local bookstore) and donating:

“Cities for People” by Jan Gehl
“The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” by William H. Whyte
“Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do” by Tom Vanderbilt
“The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape” by James Howard Kunstler
“The High Cost of Free Parking” by Donald Shoup
“The Death & Life of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs
“The Economy of Cities” by Jane Jacobs
“Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City” by Peter Norton
“The Conscience of the Eye” by Richard Sennett