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Zany Idea du Jour: Broadway as Pedestrian Thoroughfare

Memefirst's Felix Salmon riffs on today's Gothamist interview with alternative transportation guru Paul Steely White in which White floats the intriguing idea of converting Broadway into a pedestrian boulevard. Salmon breaks down the idea in segments, such as:

Columbus Circle to Times Square: 7th Avenue could cope with the extra southbound traffic, and a pedestrianised precinct would create a wonderful alternative to 7th Avenue for people wanting to walk from Times Square to Central Park.
Herald Square to Union Square: An ugly, unloved stretch of road which could only be improved by pedestrianising it and bringing in some retail as opposed to wholesale shopping.
Save for a few exceptions, he concludes, "From Columbus Circle down to Canal Street, I think this is a great idea."
· Pedestrianize Broadway! [Memefirst]
· Interview: Paul Steely White [Gothamist]