From: "George Haikalis" <>
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Subject: next two auto-free new york meetings (7)
Date: Friday, May 21, 2010 3:28 PM

Dear friends of Rational Urban Mobility:

Re: Next Two Meetings of Auto-Free New York

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 6-8pm and June 22, 1010, 6-8pm
Location for both meetings:
Conference Room, NYPD Downtown Center
104 Washington Street, just north of Rector Street
Lower Manhattan
Program for the May 25, 2010 meeting:

The History of Streetcars in Greenwich Village

In 1832 the nation's first street railway line began operation in
Greenwich Village. The horse drawn rail car opened a new era in urban
transportation and led to the construction of the most world's most
extensive streetcar system, in NYC. Now this streetcar network lies
buried under the city's potholed streets or removed entirely and sold as
scrap metal. To Robert Moses and other champions of the motor car in NYC
the streetcars were seen as inhibitors of unfettered automobility. They
were right. The streetcars were the ultimate "carrot and stick"
transport measure, making surface public transit smoother and more
efficient while slowing and reducing capacity of vehicular travel. Once
freed of streetcars, the city's roads became overrun with cars and
trucks, leading to the motor mayhem that New Yorkers complain about

Streetcars and modern light rail systems are enjoying a revival in the
U.S. and abroad. New light rail systems have been introduced in thirty
U.S. cities and planning for many more is underway -- except in NYC. Here
we seem determined to be the very last U.S. city to introduce modern
surface rail transit just like we were the very first to initiate

Plan to attend the May 25, 2010 meeting and learn about the history of
streetcars in Greenwich Village and how we can bring them back.

Program for the June 22, 2010 meeting

Goodbye Gowanus:
Revisiting a plan to demolish this ugly and noisy elevated highway and
replace it with a surface roadway and modern rail transit.

(more about this presentation later)

At both meetings the discussion will be led by civil
engineer/transportation planner George Haikalis who serves as Chair,
Auto-Free New York

Hope to see you on May 25 and June 22


George Haikalis
President, Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc.
One Washington Square Village, Suite 5D
New York, NY 10012 212-475-3394