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First Look at Herald Sq. Pedestrian Mall: Shop 'Til You Plop

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Debate over the bombshell plan to close Broadway to vehicular traffic in Times Square and Herald Square starting in May has only just begun, but at least we now have an idea what the pedestrian malls will look like. Our friends at Streetsblog posted the above rendering of a partially car-free Herald Square. Gut reaction: Can they level the Manhattan Mall and turn that into open space while they're at it?
· The Great Pedestrian Way [Streetsblog]
· Mayor's Plan to Ease Times Square Traffic: Ban Cars [Curbed]

UPDATE: Streetsblog also has a before-and-after look at Times Square and the full details of the plan. Check out a vastly different Times Square...