AARON NAPARSTEK is the founder of Streetsblog, an online publication providing daily coverage of transportation, land use and environmental issues with reporters based in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Washington DC. Launched in 2006, Streetsblog has played a significant role in transforming New York City transportation policy and galvanizing a Livable Streets movement that is pushing for a more people-centered, less automobile-oriented approach to transportation planning and urban design in communities all around the world. Aaron got his start in transportation policy by writing haiku poetry about the endless horn-honking observed from his apartment window in Brooklyn. He taped the poems to lampposts and called them Honku. This seemingly quixotic personal anger management technique evolved into a surprisingly effective advocacy campaign that eventually compelled city officials to fix his neighborhood’s dysfunctional street. It also became a book of (somewhat) humorous poetry called: "Honku: The Zen Antidote for Road Rage," published by Random House in 2003. Inspired by the successful project on his own street, Aaron continued to do Livable Streets advocacy and community organizing work in his own neighborhood and throughout New York City. His Internet-enabled activism has been instrumental in growing New York City's bike network, eliminating motor vehicle traffic from city parks, developing new public plazas, car-free streets and life-saving traffic-calming measures across the five boroughs. Prior to launching Streetsblog, Aaron worked as an interactive media producer, pioneering some of the Internet 1.0's earliest music web sites, online communities, live webcasts and social networking services. Aaron currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons, where he just completed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard and is now working as a Visiting Scholar at MIT's City Design & Development group. He has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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