I recently learned that the mayor of New York City established a plan to make Broadway - 42nd to 47th streets and a couple of blocks at Herald Square, 33rd to 35th streets - closed to traffic as early as May of this year. Cafe tables, benches and a park-like feel aimed to benefit tourists and pedestrians currently accustomed to dodging a litany of taxi cabs and buses intends to overtake the vehicular thoroughfare.
In Salem, Massachusetts a pedestrian mall on Essex Street claimed stake over a road of traffic. A narrow cobble-stoned street amends to feet more readily than cars. The variant stores which spatter the walkway encourage shoppers to peruse them more so than encourage someone from a passing vehicle to struggle and find parking in order to visit.
Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, Salem, Massachusetts
Boston's Downtown Crossing, a former area of vehicular congestion, now grabs the attention of shoppers and commuters alike contributing to the economic vitality of the downtown area. In 1980 a partnership established to revitalize the space found closing the streets to traffic a suitable path to success.
With today's environmental and economic challenges, obtaining areas for the enjoyment of others encourages good, clean, green growth. I look forward to my next visit to New York City's Broadway without breathing in the fumes of a yellow cab and worrying about popping out into the street because of the congested sidewalks.