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Times Square to go Car Free

According to the New York Times, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to announce the transformation of the city's iconic Broadway Avenue and Times Square into a seven block, pedestrian-only plaza.  The new space is expected to dramatically expand space for tourists and theater-goers in the area and actually improve traffic flow.   

This is not New York's first experiment with reclaiming streets for pedestrian-only spaces.  In 2008, the city took a pedestrian-hostile crossing across Broadway and 23rd Avenue and created a vibrant public space, shorter street crossings, and new bike lanes.  The Livable Streets Initiative, an online community working to create sustainable cities, shot a short film documenting the changes in the physical and social environment around the new Madison Square.

 

Madison Square, before and after. Image: Streetsblog.com

 

For more information and pictures on the plan for Times Square, check out Streetsblog.com's coverage.