Happy Memorial Day Weekend

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Broad Street looking north from Exchange Place

Remove cars from a New York City street, even just for security reasons, and civil society flourishes in their place. On Broad Steet traffic has been restricted in front of the New York Stock Exchange since September 11, 2001. Special pavement, tables, chairs and benches have turned a dull and commonplace automobile-movement-and-storage zone into what amounts to a public park, a kind of a permanent parking spot squat for Wall Street.

Happy Memorial Day weekend from Streetsblog. If you’re driving out of town, consider paying down your carbon debt with a solar-powered barbecue — just make sure to wear sunscreen while you’re using it. See you Tuesday

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