Gallery: CAR FREE NYC? NYC tries ‘no car zone’ near Inhabitat HQ!

 

The beauty of living in a place like New York City is that you don’t need a car for ANYTHING. When I left California five years ago to move to NYC, I sold my car and never looked back – it was one of the most freeing moments of my life. Most New Yorkers – especially those in Manhattan – get by just fine without cars and rely on public transportation for mobility. And everyone knows that streets are more pleasant for walking, biking and shopping when cars are taken off the road. So it makes perfect sense for NYC to try out a no-car zone in Manhattan. Just because Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan was shot down in the spring doesn’t mean we’ve called off our dreams of a traffic free future.

Even though it’s a baby step, a new summer proposal has us excited about the possibilities of moving in the direction of a car-free Manhattan. A new initiative called SUMMER STREETS is an attempt to turn parts of Manhattan into a haven for pedestrians for 3 days in August.

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3 Comments

  1. jcarcamo July 18, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    i think it should be for a longer period of time till 9pm maybe so all the restaurants could set up tables outside too for dinner that’d be nice

  2. germansalamanca July 5, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Hey, I’m so glad they are doing this. However, you guys shouldn’t forget to mention where the idea came from. The car free streets and the idea for the NYC SUMMER STREETS come from Colombia (yes, south america) where more than 30 years ago the first car free street became available in Bogotá on Sundays. Now in almost every major city in Colombia every Sunday main streets are closed for cars so pedestrians and people can walk, bike, run, exercise and have fun around the city for 8 hours.

    Glad NYC is starting this too! Love that city!

  3. manujarch June 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    This is a great example of planning and this will definitely reduce car load. Same way sky walks are being planned out in Mumbai.

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