College of Environmental Design alumnus and filmmaker Darryl Jones (MLA ‘12) recently released a stop-motion animated short film titled “There’s Always a Way” about urban design and the challenges pedestrians face in San Francisco.
The film was released by the non-profit group Walk San Francisco -- a pedestrian advocacy organization promoting walkable, liveable city streets -- and visualizes the changes needed to achieve Vision Zero, San Francisco’s goal to end all severe and fatal traffic crashes by 2024.
The animation tells the story of a young boy whose grandmother was hit and killed by a car, and appeals to the need for better urban design on city streets for pedestrians. Addressing how city officials and the public at large play a role in achieving safer streets, the film demonstrates that people can turn their grief into action by urging city officials to create more pedestrian-friendly routes.
The film ends with a call to action to stand up for safe streets for seniors, who are five times more likely to be killed in crashes than younger adults.
“Too often, the human experience gets pushed to the background of big city planning and policy efforts in San Francisco,” explained Jones, who also documented urban design issues affecting San Francisco in his short film “This is Market Street,” a companion to his thesis in Landscape Architecture at CED. “Using film helps us remind policy makers that families are grieving the losses of their loved ones. Sometimes, a story is what is needed to push people into action. That’s what I hope to do with this animated film.”