Pedestrian Streets

The Griffith Observatory is perched on a hill above Los Angeles, with the city's downtown shown int he distant background. Griffith Park's rolling hills and winding roads are shown in the foreground.

Los Angeles to Test Road Closure Through Scenic Griffith Park

After a driver killed a cyclist on Griffith Park Drive in April, the city of Los Angeles is studying safety upgrades on streets in its famous park. The L.A. Times says the changes are part of a growing movement.

July 12, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Austin, Texas

Austin to Ban Cars From Popular Street on Weekends

An entertainment district in Austin will soon be the sole province of pedestrians on busy weekend nights.

November 20, 2019 - Austin Statesman


Arlington County Allows New Street Variations to Prioritize Multi-Modalism

The Virginia county of Arlington has written into law the ability to create shared streets as well as streets that prioritize pedestrians.

October 20, 2016 - Arlington County

Lombard Street San Francisco

Crowds of Pedestrians Prompt Lombard Street Study

San Francisco is looking for ways to manage—and protect—the masses of tourists who want to walk "the World's Crookedest Street."

September 22, 2016 - SF Gate

Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia

Pedestrianizing Melbourne's Swanston Street: A Weekend to Remember

In the mid-1980s, a tug-of-war over the future of one of Melbourne, Australia's most important streets took place with those wanting full pedestrianization realizing their vision for one brief, shining moment.

September 19, 2016 - Kill Your Darlings

Columbus Pilot Project Gives a West Cherry Street to Pedestrians

This summer, a pilot project will close a block of West Cherry Street to cars in Columbus, Ohio. If the project proves popular, more of the street could be permanently given to pedestrians.

May 26, 2016 - Columbus Underground

Philadelphia Alleyway

Philadelphia Alleys Ranked for Makeover

In advance of what may be a wider program, Philadelphia's alleys have been ranked for their aesthetic quality. Those in the "average" range are most suitable for retrofits.

November 17, 2015 - The Architect's Newspaper

Creating Inviting Pedestrian Streets in the Heart of Mexico City

Noah Kazis considers three success stories for public space in Mexico City, taking streets back from both automobiles and – believe it or not – street vendors.

March 22, 2012 - Streetsblog

Walking The New Broadway

Jeff Prant of Carbusters pays a visit to New York's Times Square, and marvels at its transformation into a true public square.

January 13, 2011 - Carbusters Online

Living Alley Establishes Permanent Roots in San Francisco Neighborhood

Street furniture and plantings transform a small strip of roadway within a bustling San Francisco neighborhood, much to the delight of the planners and designers who fought for the change for over five years.

October 26, 2010 - The San Francisco Chronicle

Pedestrians in the Sky

Pedestrians, street vendors, scooters and squatters all compete for space on the gridlocked sidewalks of Mumbai, where nearly 60% of the population travels by foot. Solution? 50 elevated walkways, or "skywalks."

February 2, 2010 -

Car-Free Days Cancelled in One Vancouver Site

Local businesses on a busy Vancouver street that had been hosting weekly car-free events this summer have protested and effectively cancelled the event.

August 11, 2009 - CBC

Getting Buy-In On A New Urbanist Vision

Alamo Heights, a suburb of San Antonio, grapples with whether to adopt a "New Urbanist" (but slightly more traditional) approach to its major thoroughfare to improve pedestrian and bicycle access.

May 29, 2009 - San Antonio Express-News

Bemoaning San Francisco's Corporate Street Closures

San Francisco's got a number of temporary street closures planned this year. Though the prospect of these pedestrian-friendly events is seen as a good sign for the city, this piece argues that their emphasis on corporate sponsorship taints the value.

April 12, 2009 - San Francisco Bay Guardian

San Francisco Plans Pedestrian Street

San Francisco is looking to follow New York City's lead as it moves forward with plans to convert a portion of street into a pedestrian plaza.

March 26, 2009 - Streetsblog SF

Broadway Opening is a Leap Towards Better American Cities

This month's Broadway "opening" proposal is as much a clarion to the new thinking of public street space in America as it is a gift to the people of New York City.

March 10, 2009 - Ian Sacs

Mid-Town Manhattan To Go Car-Free

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced plans to close off parts of Broadway in Manhattan to car traffic. The city will experiment with the closing as early as May, creating a large pedestrian zone near Times Square.

February 26, 2009 - The New York Times

Architect Hopes To Spread 'Pedestrianizaton'

The transformation of Copenhagen from a car-choked thoroughfare to a lively, pedestrian center began in 1962 with the closing of the Strøget, and folks walked and biked in record numbers. Now architect Jan Gehl hopes to spread this new urban culture.

December 3, 2008 - The Globe and Mail

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