Pedestrian gridlock in Times Square, New York City
- This article is on the carfree 42nd Street proposal I reported on last month. The figures on
the increase in pedestrian traffic are remarkable.
"Between 1982 and 2003, pedestrian traffic increased nearly five-fold. With new office and
residential buildings going up all over midtown, conditions are only going to grow more
claustrophobic in coming years. Employees who work in and around Times Square
overwhelmingly cite "congestion" as the number-one reason why they would consider
working somewhere else. [President of the Times Square Alliance Tim] Tompkins calls it
"The solution for 'pedlock' is clear. Stop dedicating so much of Times Square's valuable
public real estate to cars and trucks."