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History of New York City traffic: Why banning cars is the solution - Curbed NY
John Randel, Jr., planned for a city where pedestrian traffic easily moved from river to river. Let’s return to that plan. Imagine if the entire city was built following the edicts of two of New York’s other most famous designers: Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who created Central and Prospect Parks. When it opened, Central Park was a marvel not just of landscape design, but of traffic management. Three types of traffic—pedestrian, horseback, and carriage—coexisted on roads that were specifically designed to never cross. On top of that, the sunken transverse roads took city traffic from the east to west sides without disturbing any of the park’s users.

We can make Manhattan its own Central Park.
We can make Manhattan its own Central Park. Keep the avenues and the “extra wide” streets (14th, 23rd, etc.) for vehicular traffic, but turn every other street into a pedestrian thoroughfare. Take the money that would have been spent on keeping those streets viable for cars and invest it in public transit, dedicated bus lanes—even ferries. No street would need to be completely cut off from vehicular traffic; emergency services could get through and transport for the disabled, just as they do in places like Ghent, Belgium, where the city center has been car-free since 2017.
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16 days ago by dirtystylus

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