Times Square is Safer For Everybody With the Pedestrian Plaza Additions

With all the talk lately about removing the pedestrian plazas in Times Square, let’s not forget that the square was a very unsafe place for tourists, locals and cars not that long ago.

In this video from 2006, watch as Danish architect and public space expert Jan Gehl discusses some of the problems surrounding Times Square before the plazas were created.

“When we talk about the conditions for pedestrians here, it’s really lousy,” Gehl said. “Thousands of people are literally pushed into the street because it’s so congested on the sidewalk,” Gorton added. “It’s beyond unpleasant. It’s unsafe and it drives people away from this neighborhood.”

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