How Do You Measure a Summer Stroll?
August 12th, 2008
Last weekend marked the debut of Summer Streets, an experiment to ban motor vehicles from nearly seven miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to East 72nd Street for three Saturdays in August. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that if the event is a success, the city may look to expand it. But exactly what would constitute a “success” is unclear.
Today, the New York Times editorial page weighs in, calling the experience “serene” and “therapeutic” and claiming that “New Yorkers are voting with their feet ó in favor of more chances to displace the cars, trucks and taxis for a day, and go for a stroll.” (The New York Times blog message board is also filled with mostly positive reviews of the event.)
The blog Gothamist has a roundup of differing opinions on Summer Streets, including complaints from business owners, cab drivers, residents, and pedestrians who thought cyclists were riding recklessly.
The blog Commuter Outrage writes: “Please tell me that success is defined a little more concretely than people having fun”By Mark Berkey-Gerard on August 12, 2008, 8:36 am
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