The expectations for what people wanted out of their streets had basically been reduced to: moving cars... It really pitted a kind of Robert Moses approach against a Jane Jacobs approach. In the 21st century, we can get beyond that very polarizing dynamic and look at a way to invest in our infrastructure that is not just about megaprojects.
— Janette Sadik-Khan

Janette Sadik-Khan discusses her experience as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, focusing on bottom-up action through smaller projects like plazas and bike access, instead of megaprojects that cost millions. She also discusses how you actually get things done in a city full of 8.5 million people, and the importance of data in persuading people to support new initiatives.

Ms. Sadik-Khan's new book is Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution and it's well worth a read.