Wednesday, 27 May 2009

A boulevard of deck chairs

Transforming public space

Sections of Times Square were closed to traffic last weekend. This proposal initially met resistance. NY Times reported that "critics of the plan had worried that it would sap the square of its chaotic energy". Nicolai Ouroussoff commented that the plaza needs to reflect the character of the city and questioned the grittiness of the deck chairs and potted plants. Using the example of Copenhagen, cities need plenty of time to adjust to public realm and traffic calming schemes. Time for lots of 'tinkering' so we can truly have a shared space.

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