Bloomberg Brainstorm: Shut Down Park Avenue

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    The Sun says that Bloomberg will propose closing a five-mile stretch of road to automobiles – running from Lower Manhattan to Central Park. The closure will last three days in August, as part of a city Department of transportation program that, if successful, could lead to regular street closings.

    But while the plan is intended to accommodate residents, some fear that, even on a weekend, the toll on businesses will be higher than the value gained.

    A source familiar with the project said the concept is loosely based on a common practice in some European cities, where main thoroughfares are closed periodically for pedestrian and bicycle access.

    Orthodox Jews do not drive on Saturdays, so they would be unaffected. And many Manhattanites with country homes leave on Friday afternoons and do not return until Sunday night or Monday morning, so they may not even notice the Saturday street closures.

    While at first there was some concern that the police department would not approve the event, Commissioner Raymond Kelly is said to approve of the proposal, according to a source familiar with the plan. Closing the 5-mile stretch of roads requires a lot of manpower to cordon off hundreds of side streets and direct traffic on crosstown thoroughfares.

    (Source: NY Sun)


    Isn’t the park road looping around Central Park that is closed to cars good for that?




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