Bixi, also known as Public Bike System, is based in Montréal, but its reach extends around the globe, with systems in place in more than a dozen cities in North America, Europe, and Australia.
This short clip from Clarence Eckerson at Streetfilms shows the remarkable before-and-after transformation of several streets and intersections in New York City over the last several years.
Earlier this month, the former frontman for Talking Heads, David Byrne, wrote an essay about how New York was losing its artistic heart and creative edge because of the rising cost of living.
The city of New York has been in a heated conversation with itself about about crime and safety more or less since the administration of Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
So today came chatter about how British superstar novelist Martin Amis is apparently growing tired of Brooklyn. But Brooklyn is a lot bigger than you seem to realize, and it is for damn sure a lot more interesting.