Meeting Tonight on Beseiged Plan to Calm NYU Campus

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Tonight, Community Board 2’s Transportation and Institutions Committees will hold a joint meeting to hear proposals from NYU to reclaim road space for pedestrians in the campus core area.

Details have not been announced, but a tipster tells Streetsblog that possible proposals range from removal of parking spaces to allow for wider sidewalks and other pedestrian amenities to the complete pedestrianization of Washington Place between Broadway and Washington Square Park.

Reviving memories of last year’s protest of a Village crosstown bike route, we’re told that opposition to whatever emerges is already mounting.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at Caring Community, 20 Washington Square North, Conference Room, First Floor.

Photo: alissamarie/Flickr

  • Gargamel Tralfaz

    Great, people already mobilizing to oppose whatever the plan is. Sounds like a plan!

  • sean

    We should be very cautious about siding with NYU on stuff like this – if they had their say, they’d privatize the entire area. But pedestrianizing Washington Place (and why not Waverly?) east of the park would be great – I mean, it’s already de facto pedestrianized during weekdays anyway.

  • jmc

    If we can get the cities powerful institutions interested in pedestrianization, that’s a great thing.

  • jmc

    city’s

  • Rhonda

    The City actually pedestrianized Washington Place for a time in the early 1990s, after a car got out of control and plowed into a crowd of people on the east side of Washington Square Park, but the community NYU-haters turned it back because useless pavement and bleak streetscapes are so great for everyone.

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