Gallery: New Report Shows that Times Square Pedestrian Plazas in NYC Im...

If you haven’t noticed, Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation have been working hard to make New York City more pedestrian and bike friendly. Ever since Bloomberg closed Times Square to cars, more pedestrian plazas have been popping up all over the place. Sure, there are opponents, but a new report shows that we have even more reason to build new car-free spaces — the plazas, specifically those in Times Square, are majorly improving our city’s air quality. A study by the Health Department found a 40 percent decrease in vehicle-caused pollutants since the plazas have been put in place.

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