Pedestrian-Only Malls Failing, Opening Back Up to Cars

Tod Newcombe reports on pedestrian-only malls like Buffalo's, which after 25 years has been so unsuccessful that they want to turn it back into a road. So why are these ped malls failing?
December 3, 2011, 1pm PST | Tim Halbur
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Newcombe explains that many of these early pedestrian-only malls were "ill-planned and had little purpose":

"Because so few people lived downtown, the malls became lifeless after work, attracting crime and loiterers, rather than large crowds. According to some estimates, of all the pedestrian malls that have dotted American cities in past years, fewer than 15 percent remain today."

That doesn't mean that ped-only malls can't work, says Newcombe.

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Published on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Governing Magazine
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