Saturday, October 31, 2009

New York's transformation sends us a message

Vancouver Sun, October 20
Author: Pete McMartin

The solution was simple, but not simplistic. Broadway was the problem. Sadik-Khan, New York's transportation commissioner, decided to remove Broadway.

Times Square became a pedestrian haven, and all along Broadway, the city established linear esplanades and seating areas in what were once curbside car lanes. The New York public and tourist crowds embraced the changes, Sadik-Khan said, all of which were first discussed with and vetted by the local neighbourhood community boards. Times Square now attracts 356,000 pedestrians a day.

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