SINCE the early 20th century, New York City has taken street space away from people and devoted it to moving traffic in and out of the city. But in the 21st century, we’re beginning to remake the streets as places where people want to get out of their cars to walk and bike. Conceptually, if only rarely functionally, we have Slow Zones and Slow Streets. We need a Slow City, with more streets for people.
Looking east towards Brooklyn Bridge from City Hall Plaza, Manhattan.
Looking west towards Brooklyn Bridge from Downtown Brooklyn.
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