Since the pedestrianization of Broadway, the Times Square Alliance has found that foot traffic in Times Square is up 15%.
The BBC has a great video about counting foot traffic in New York’s busiest pedestrian space:
What places in our area would be nicer as pedestrian spaces, either part or full time?
At Thursday’s Cities in Focus event at EMBARQ, an audience member asked about pedestrianizing 18th Street in Adams Morgan. DDOT Director Gabe Klein said he has had discussions with Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham about closing 18th Street to cars on the weekends, and the department is continuing to pursue the idea.
Initially skeptical, Graham and 18th Street business owners have apparently shown growing interest. This is not surprising since, much like Times Square little more than 18 months ago, 18th Street has reached a point where it doesn’t really work for pedestrians or motorists.
Other places where this might be beneficial, especially on weekends: M Street in Georgetown, as Georgetown Metropolitan wrote, 7th Street downtown, or King Street in Old Town Alexandria. Where else might this work?