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Pedestrianization

January 28, 2019, 6am PST
"Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people."
Fast Company
December 21, 2018, 7am PST
Many streets and cities are designed for vehicles instead of for pedestrians. But policies and programs in cities around the world, and even in the United States, might be signaling a shift in priorities.
The New York Times
September 20, 2018, 2pm PDT
Life is different in Pontevedra.
The Guardian
March 16, 2018, 6am PDT
A proposal to block cars (and bikes) from Oxford Street has the support of London Mayor and the Westminster Council—as well as the general public.
Evening Standard
November 10, 2017, 5am PST
A long-debated plan to pedestrianize London's busiest shopping street moves ahead
City A.M.
May 11, 2017, 7am PDT
Barack Obama supports closing Cornell Drive, a six-lane road next to the future site of the Obama Presidential Center, to automobile access. He cites safety concerns and the need for green space.
Chi.Streetsblog
October 9, 2015, 10am PDT
The tragedy on Livingston Avenue could have been avoided, but the city of New Brunswick's concern was with motorists—not pedestrians.
CityLab
September 25, 2015, 2pm PDT
Legislation is proposed to reduce the number of fatal pedestrian and cyclist accidents in NYC.
StreetsBlog NYC
September 15, 2015, 11am PDT
Where pedestrian-only streets have failed to draw business, the problem may be a failure to think big enough.
The Globe and Mail
July 27, 2015, 10am PDT
For urbanization in China's cities to be truly human-centered, pedestrianization plans must be thoroughly considered.
The City Fix
December 17, 2013, 2pm PST
Rome's new mayor spent two decades in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and he's bringing lessons learned while living car-free in the United States to help solve Rome's traffic problems.
philly.com
November 4, 2013, 12pm PST
A pilot project launched in August hoped to follow the successes of similar efforts in New York and San Francisco by turning Oakland's Latham Square into a pedestrian plaza. But after only six weeks, the area has been reopened to autos.
SF.Streetsblog
October 24, 2013, 2pm PDT
In a debate held on Tuesday, and in a subsequent radio interview, leading New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio indicated he'd like to study whether to bring back automobiles to a stretch of Broadway that had been closed for pedestrians.
WNYC: Transportation Nation
September 7, 2013, 5am PDT
New data from New York's Transportation Department shows that although miles of Manhattan street space have been turned over to bikes and pedestrians since 2008, average traffic speeds have actually increased, despite a consistent volume of vehicles.
The New York Times
July 5, 2013, 10am PDT
Inspired by Manhattan's pedestrianization of Times Square, L.A.'s city council recently approved $1.8 million in funding to reduce a major downtown thoroughfare's roadway by half to make room for "a massive increase of the pedestrian infrastructure."
LA.Streetsblog
April 15, 2013, 8am PDT
In an opinion piece, Jeff Speck lays out his case for pedestrianizing Broadway throughout Manhattan. Portions of the street have already been given over to public space, so why not expand the conversion and introduce more green into the city?
New York Daily News
August 3, 2012, 12pm PDT
Angelique Chrisafis delivers the fantastic news that, after more than four decades of auto dominance, Paris is returning its riverfront to its people in a "pedestrian 'reconquest' of the banks of the Seine."
The Guardian
April 25, 2012, 9am PDT
Justin Davidson examines the latest "reinvention" of Times Square, sealing the deal on a move toward pedestrianization that began three years ago.
New York Magazine
April 10, 2012, 1pm PDT
To launch his new 4-part series on walking in <em>Slate</em>, Tom Vanderbilt describes the "public health nightmare" of a country that has forgotten how to walk.
Slate.com
June 27, 2011, 5am PDT
If you can't fix the players then by all means fix the game. This appears to be the strategy that many European cities, including Zurich, have employed to reduce the use of single-occupancy vehicles.
The New York Times