Would Times Square be a more enjoyable place if it was designed like a suburban pedestrian mall? Probably not, but that's exactly what the area merchants' association wanted to do in 1962. Ephemeral New York discovered the plan, and above rendering, in the book Times Square Spectacular by Darcy Tell. The proposal called for creating a two-story retail center along 42nd Street that was connected by pedestrian bridges swooping over the road. The mall would connect the live theaters and feature glass storefronts, seating areas, and elevated walkways. Clearly, the plan was not implemented, but would 42nd Street be better if it was?
· Futuristic Plans for Times Square Made in 1962 [Ephemeral NY]