Sunday, February 7, 2010

We're Blossoming!

I love this video about pedestrianizing Broadway in Times Square from Streetsblog. No, not for its sappy music or human-interesty feel. I love it because in it you can actually see the United States moving outside its comfort zone and experimenting with better urbanism. We are cautious and tentative, but we are also ready for something new.

The video shows off the project's initial success. It also reminds us that this one move took decades of advocacy, suffers much criticism from a few despite general public approval, and is still a heartbeat away from the chopping block. We knew reshaping our collective mentality would be difficult; Times Square, if it is allowed to remain and is improved over time, may finally become the archetype we need to bring better urbanism throughout the U.S.

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