Sidewalks vs. Streets
As the redevelopment plan for New York's World Trade Center continues to take shape, the city's planning department is weighing in with a proposal to open more city streets through the site. In the words of the planning director, "Vehicular traffic not only makes a street feel more public but more vibrant." Meanwhile, leaders of Port Authority, the entity that owns the Trade Center site, are not convinced that cars enhance public spaces. Current redevelopment plans have included significant pedestrian-only areas. The original World Trade Center superblock was formed by the closure of five city streets.
Thanks to Erin Clark