The CoolTown blog has a small piece today about the "duet" between New
York and San Francisco in putting into place pedestrian places:
Thursday, March 26, 2009
SF and NY playing a pedestrian-only duet
(image at the above link)
New York City may be playing the lead tune when it comes to pedestrian-
only/car-free placemaking, but San Francisco is following right along
to the point it’s sounding like a duet.
In 2008, Manhattan closed several key streets to cars on Saturdays
with Summer Streets, and San Francisco followed immediately with
Sunday Streets. On February 25, The San Francisco Chronicle reports
that the mayor is considering closing the city’s main thoroughfare to
cars, and the next day Mayor Bloomberg announces 36 blocks starting
from Times Square were going car-free.
The latest is San Francisco’s plan to turn an intersection into a
pedestrian-only plaza(pictured), much the same way a congested
intersection in NYC’s meatpacking district is now the pedestrian-only
Gansevoort Plaza. While temporary, if the public supports it, it’ll
gopermanent. In fact, the City is so confident it’ll be a success that
they’re already looking at other sites. Read more at Streetsblog.
You can bet this duet will turn into a symphony with other cities soon
Yesterday's piece reproduces the famous poster from Münster that
illustrates the space taken by automobiles, buses and bicycles to
carry the same number of people. Coming to think of it, it only really
displays how much space each takes "parked", and this is misleading to
some extent for the bikes and even more so for the cars, since parking
either requires access alleys... It would be great if someone did an
update version showing how much space is taken by each under actual
traffic conditions while in movement.
And a side (sighed) comment:
Leave it to the w€b$quatter$...
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