Car-Free Streets

Historic clock on the corner of an intersection in downtown Houston at night.

Houston to Make a Car-Free Downtown Corridor Permanent

A seven-block stretch of Main Street will be permanently blocked off to traffic and enhanced to create a vibrant, pedestrian friendly zone.

May 6, 2024 - Chron

Close-up of blue "Slow Down - Shared Street" sign on orange and white barricade in Denver, Colorado.

Denver Plans to Make Some Open Streets Permanent

The city is moving to institutionalize segments of streets that were successfully pedestrianized during the pandemic.

September 13, 2023 - The Denver Post

Interior of Walmart store with "Low Price $6.98" sign in foreground

The Walkable Urbanism of Big Box Stores

For residents of many U.S. small towns and exurbs, the local Walmart offers a surprising benefit missing elsewhere in their communities: walkability.

August 6, 2023 - Discourse Magazine

Close-up of white "No Thru Traffic" sign

L.A. Approves ‘Park Block’ Program

Inspired by Barcelona’s superblocks, the program aims to limit car traffic in small areas to improve safety and create new park spaces.

June 23, 2023 - Urbanize LA

A street sign reads Old Town Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, Market Street

A Car-Free Summer on Toronto’s Market Street

The I Heart Market Street program will allow pedestrians a car-free space adjacent to Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market.

June 16, 2023 - blogTO

Aerial view of Monument Circle with tall statue on post in middle of traffic circle area in Indianapolis, Indiana

Downtown Indy to Gain New Car-Free Spaces

A summer program will turn Monument Circle into a public park and event space, and plans are in development to make a segment of Georgia Street safer and more walkable.

June 8, 2023 - Axios

Pedestrianized shopping street in Santa Monica, California

Reclaiming Our Space: The Battle for Open Streets

The growth of pedestrianized spaces and car-free streets depends on a transformational shift in thinking about what—and who—public spaces and streets are for.

March 19, 2023 - The Washington Post

New York City Open Streets

Where Open Streets Are Succeeding

The cities that are making their pandemic-era car-free experiments permanent.

January 6, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

People sitting at outdoor dining tables next to bike lane protected by delineators and three-story buildings in Dublin, Ireland

Where Car-Free Streets Won Out

While some open streets experiments have met with backlash from community members, others were so successful they led to permanent changes.

November 22, 2022 - Next City

Rock Creek Park Washington D.C.

Road in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park to Stay Car-Free

The National Park Service has decided to make permanent a road closure that went into effect in April 2020.

November 17, 2022 - National Park Service

Market Street

San Francisco Returns $15 Million Federal Grant for Market Street Improvements

San Francisco was awarded a federal grant in 2018 that it was forced to return in 2022 because it couldn't start construction by 2025.

November 1, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

Children in Halloween costumes at a crosswalk with officer offering bowl of candy

Opinion: Make Halloween Car-Free

Forget razor blades in apples. Henry Grabar argues the biggest threat on Halloween is much more mundane.

October 17, 2022 - Slate

People gather on a street with no cars during the L.E.A.F. Festival of Flowers in the Meatpacking District of New York City.

‘Togetherness’ as a Synonym for ‘Transportation’

Transportation is a fundamental aspect of community cohesion, and should be considered a synonym for togetherness.

May 23, 2022 - William Riggs

The Las Vegas Strip, pictured at night with lights and illuminated and Las Vegas Boulevard congested with cars.

NFL Draft Inspires Proposal to Block Cars From the Las Vegas Strip

The NFL draft shut down the Las Vegas Strip to car traffic. Some people liked the change so much that a new law proposes to permanently block cars from the street. Yes, you read that correctly.

May 4, 2022 - Fox 11 Los Angeles

A narrow, one-way street is lined with businesses.

Berkeley's Famed Telegraph Avenue Could Go Car Free

Among the options on the table for the Southside Complete Streets Project is a configuration that would turn Telegraph Avenue near the campus of UC Berkeley into a pedestrian, bike, and transit-only plaza.

February 28, 2022 - The Mercury News

Ocean Drive Open Streets

Miami Beach to Reopen Ocean Drive to Cars

The famous cruising strip was off-limits to cars during the pandemic. Now, the city is letting vehicles return with some pedestrian-oriented compromises.

January 14, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Rendering of proposed 'diverter' at 34th Avenue

More Evidence That Open Streets Improve Safety

An analysis of New York's 34th Avenue shows substantial reductions in crashes and injuries, strengthening the body of evidence supporting car-free streets.

January 12, 2022 - Streetsblog New York City

Seattle Coronavirus

Seattle Times Editorial Board: Time for Pike Place Market to Go Car-Free

It's been more than a century since the Seattle City Council decided to remove farmstands to make space for cars at the Pike Place Market. Public and political opinion is starting to see that decision as a mistake that can be reversed.

December 28, 2021 - The Seattle Times

Madrid Pedestrian Street

Pedestrian Malls in the 21st Century

The successes and failures of past pedestrian malls can inform the future of pandemic-induced "open streets" programs.

September 26, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Seine

The Car-Free Revolution Continues in Paris

The city continues to reclaim space for pedestrians and cyclists.

September 22, 2021 - Slate

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