The Emerging Appeal of Banning Most Cars on Some Streets – Route Fifty

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This is an idea I have long championed for the River Market area of Little Rock and recently have considered an option for the Bentonville Square. It’s something that you may be familiar with if you’ve been to Beale Street in Memphis, Bourbon Street in New Orleans or the 16th Street Mall in Denver. What do you think?

In October, New York began a pilot project to impose strict daytime limits on most car traffic on Manhattan’s 14th Street, aiming to speed up bus service along the busy corridor. San Francisco launched a similar program late last month, banning private vehicles on Market Street—a hotspot in recent years for vehicles hitting—and injuring— cyclists and pedestrians.

Closing streets to cars is by no means a roaring trend in cities and towns across the U.S. But a new report from the National League of Cities suggests that there is growing interest in…(more)

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