One Way, No Way: An Early Streetsblog Success

In March 2007, Streetsblog founder and editor-in-chief Aaron Naparstek, started covering a plan to create a one way auto-oriented street ultimately leading to its rejection.

In March 2007, Streetsblog founder and editor-in-chief Aaron Naparstek, was slipped a secret plan by the NYC Department of Transportation to turn several pedestrian-friendly commercial avenues into one-way, autooriented drag strips in Park Slope, Brooklyn. “I posted the plan on Streetsblog,” said Naparstek, “and started covering the issue.”

When the plan was presented at a local community board meeting, 700 opponents to the one-way street conversion showed up. The crowd, much larger than the 35 to 50 typical of these meetings, was too large to enter the auditorium. A group in an anteroom listening to the meeting over a speaker turned a tablecloth into a makeshift petition. “It was really pretty staggering and clear, at that moment, that something fundamental was changing in NYC,” said Naparstek.

The community board ultimately rejected the proposal.

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