Imagine your street with fifty percent less traffic. Imagine drivers acting as guests on your street -- now transformed into a dynamic 'outdoor living room' with children playing and neighbours chatting. Dream no longer! Part social history and part community-activist handbook, Street Reclaiming celebrates the potential of our streets to become vibrant and prosperous centres of culture and community once again. International urban planner David Engwicht provides a step-by-step process to psychologically and physically reclaim our streets, starting with a simple 6-week program to reduce traffic by 30-50 per cent (without involving local officials), then introducing psychological reclaiming techniques and, finally, physical reclaiming: converting traffic space into community spaces that will enhance the social fabric of the neighbourhood.
David Engwicht is an award-winning urban design and transportation consultant. He has presented at international conferences and consulted for city and government departments in the UK, Australia, and North America. Engwicht has authored six previous titles on traffic and community development. He lives in Australia.