Jul 13, 2021

Mind Your Curbs: Downtown Brooklyn Partnership & Coord Partner on Curb Management

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Dawn Miller

VP, Policy & Partnerships

The Coord team is delighted to welcome the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership as its newest partner in our quest to create more livable cities, starting with the curb. 

 

When most people think of bustling New York City streets, they might think of Midtown Manhattan or SoHo.  But like many large cities, New York has multiple employment, commercial and mixed-use centers - including Downtown Brooklyn.  And Downtown Brooklyn is lucky to have the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP), a not-for-profit local development corporation, hard at work promoting the community as a world-class place to work, eat, play, learn and shop.

 

And although we’d love to wax poetic about all of the delicious food and fun fitness classes on offer in Downtown Brooklyn, we’re here to talk mobility. At the heart of the neighborhood is the Fulton Mall, a nine-block corridor prioritized for buses and pedestrians. 

 

Map showing location of Fulton Mall

 

This retail destination features hundreds of small businesses and national brands, all of which need deliveries. Since the Fulton Mall roadbed is prioritized for buses, with limited access for other vehicles, this means the surrounding cross-streets are essential - and busy - with vehicles providing services or delivering goods to and from these businesses.  These cross-streets are also home to many businesses, some of which have embraced New York City’s Open Restaurants program to offer outdoor dining in the curb lane.

 

curbside dining at hot dog store

 

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership wants to better understand and quantify what curbside activity on streets surrounding Fulton Mall, such as loading and parking, looks like today. They will use the Coord Collector mobile app to create a detailed inventory of street signs, outdoor dining setups, curb cuts, and everything that affects how curb space can be used. They will also use Coord Collector to measure curb occupancy—whether space along the curb is available versus full of vehicles—in this area.  The Coord platform will combine the neighborhood’s inventory and occupancy data, enabling the team to identify what times and locations are really busy, when there’s likely to be space available, and where there could be opportunities for new curb allocation strategies to better manage this valuable public space. 

cloropleth map of curb occupancy

With this information at hand, DBP will be able to collaborate with neighborhood stakeholders, the City, and others to develop new curb management strategies to promote safe and efficient mobility in this bustling neighborhood, starting with the curb. The Coord team couldn’t be more proud to partner with….the Partnership! 

Fulton Mall map courtesy of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

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Dawn Miller

VP, Policy & Partnerships

Dawn is Coord’s VP for Policy and Partnerships. She focuses on Coord's work with public agencies. She previously served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), the City agency that oversees New York City's taxi, car service and ride-hailing industries. Dawn launched TLC’s Research and Evaluation practice, serving as its first director, and worked as a researcher at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. She lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn and loves parks, bikes, beaches, stoop-sitting and group fitness.