Times Praises Bloomberg’s Broadway Plan

The Times has come out in favor of the upcoming Broadway public space reclamation, recognizing the need for safety improvements along one of New York’s most contested thoroughfares.

From 1998 to 2007, some 700 pedestrians were injured and five were killed in Midtown Manhattan along Broadway, making it one of the more hazardous stretches in the city.

Mr. Bloomberg’s reordering of Broadway might not work for everyone. Taxi drivers are alarmed that it will cut down on fares, and theater owners are, as always, nervous. But with pedestrians in danger and growing complaints that Broadway has become too "crowded," the mayor is right to provide more elbow room for people who give Broadway the life it needs.

Good to know that not every editorial board considers public health and happiness to be "frivolous" boom-time luxuries.

  • Rhywun

    “Taxi drivers are alarmed that it will cut down on fares”

    Yes, because tourists hate pedestrian streets, and it will drive them away in droves. Or something.

  • Michael1

    “and theater owners are, as always, nervous.”

    They shouldn’t have to. Most of the tourists that visit Times Square obviously want to walk about freely since everything is so close together. I’m sure 311 will get complaints about this plan, mostly from drivers. However, if you look at the plan of pedestrianizing Times Square and Herald Square, it makes sense to redirect traffic towards the much larger avenues that accommodate for it. Broadway is a chicane of an obstacle course as is, and I’m speaking as a driver. Now, imagine as a cyclist…

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