A Walking Town No Longer?
January 29th, 2007

New Yorkers may have a reputation for being walkers, but Robert Sullivan writes in today’s New York Times that the city needs to change its ways if we expect it to stay that way.

New York is lagging behind Albuquerque, which is replacing car lanes with bike lanes, and Grand Rapids, which is purposely limiting parking to discourage drivers, and Indianapolis, which is building walking and biking trails to link inner-city neighborhoods. Not to mention London and Paris.

“We have lost our golden pedestrian touch in New York mostly because we still think about traffic as though it were 1950, and we needed Robert Moses to plow a few giant freeways through town to get the cars moving again,” writes Sullivan (a day after the Times ran a piece about efforts to rehabilitate the reputation of the often derided Moses).

Streetsblog couldn’t agree more; it provides a version of Sullivan’s story with hyperlinks backing up every one of his claims.

By on January 29, 2007, 12:22 pm
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  1. Car - Uttaruk.com » Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » A Walking Town No Longer? Says:
    January 29th, 2007 at 2:18 pm

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  2. HansBlix Says:
    January 29th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    I’m not sure NY, outside of Manhattan, ever deserved its reputation as a “walking town”, frankly. As a native and live-long NYker living in Queens I walk from home to the train, from the train to work and back again. During work hours I’ll walk in Manhattan if my destination is less than 15-20 blocks away. Back home if I need to go to the story or run errands I hop in the car. Citiesonahill.com derisively and rightly, I think, takes Robert Sullivan to task today in its main essay at http://www.citiesonahill.org/2007/01/the_suburban_invasion_and_the.html

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