Janette Sadik Khan has hit it big. Main stream media is picking up on the wild and crazy ideas of actually improving cities:
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This isn't about de-car-ing the city or pedestrian malling and this particular solution won't work just anywhere. Every single place across this country will have its own special calibrated solution. This is also not to be confused with pedestrian mall-ing of downtowns. What they did in NYC is improve overall mobility, which is precisely why business has improved. Not because it is pedestrian, but because it is more fluid. More pedestrians can fit in Times Square than cars AND the only time they're congested is on New Years Eve.