Tacoma Urbanist

Feb. 14, 2010 at 7:13pm

Despite Opposition, NYC Mayor Bloomberg Keeps Times Square Pedestrian Friendly

Recently, NYC Mayor Bloomberg decided to close down a portion of Times Square to traffic which appeared to benefit the area:

 

 

 

However, there were many car centric opponents lead by DC based A.U.T.O. Lobbyist Veronica Moss who opposed the changes to Times Square:

 


Final Decision by Mayor Bloomberg

(From the NY Daily News)

Times Square pedestrian zone will remain closed to cars




The crossroads of the World has forever lost its crossing.

Broadway will remain permanently closed through Times Square after an eight-month tryout that infuriated cabbies but delighted tourists. Mayor Bloomberg is set to announce the decision Thursday morning after weighing the complaints of area businesses against City Hall's statistics.

One person familiar with the conclusions said traffic speeds increased slightly on Seventh Ave., but less than the 17% improvement DOT engineers predicted. The number of crashes in the heavily congested area was down sharply, the source said - helping cement the decision for Bloomberg.
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http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/02

comments [6]  |  posted under NYC

Comments

by Erik on 2/14/2010 @ 7:44pm
Before picture:


by jenyum on 2/14/2010 @ 8:10pm
We were there this October and there's a really nice festive streetfair atmosphere going on. Much more fun than the old congested thoroughfare.

by Erik on 2/15/2010 @ 9:53am
We were there this October and there's a really nice festive streetfair atmosphere going on.

Cool. Did you sit on the Stadium seats by the TV?

by fredo on 2/15/2010 @ 12:10pm
Erik, so what street would you like Mayor Strickland to close?

by Erik on 2/15/2010 @ 12:32pm
Erik, so what street would you like Mayor Strickland to close?

Good question fredo. I actually don't think Tacoma should ever close any streets unless there is a huge street fair or something.

Street should accomodate cars and maxmimize curb parking but contriol them a bit so they don't dominate.

Times Square is a bit different though. They actually still have part of it open. The density is so high, it creates a lot of life.

If one closed a street in Tacoma, it would simply create a huge dead zone like Tollefson Plaza.

Actually, Tacoma did close Boradway off for a number of years in front of the Tacoma Financial Center and it ended up being a disaster.

by NineInchNachos on 2/17/2010 @ 1:54pm
"yesterday a federal judge ruled that parade laws limiting gatherings of 50 or more pedestrians or cyclists in New York City are constitutional. "

www.revbilly.com/chatter/blog/2010/17/he...