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1. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I think the world would be far better off with more pedestrian streets like Copenhagen's Strøget. What other large cities have installed or planned to go "pedestrian-only"? Here in Portland we have a few private blocks right here in my Pearl neighborhood, but nothing that extends for more than just a single block.

2. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Many of the medium sized and large cities in Scandinavia have pedestrian streets downtown; Copenhagen of course (which I believe was the pioneer when Strøget opened up as pedestrian only in the early 1960s), Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg, Helsingborg to name a few.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

They keep talking about opening a few here in Montreal--especially in bike- and pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods--but nothing's come of it yet. I'd love it, though. A safe place to walk without those crazy downtown drivers cutting everyone off.

And honestly, who are these people who pay $12 a day for parking? Who's got that kind of money to blow away? Take the bus--it'll cost you 1/4 of the price!

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Dublin's Temple Bar area has a very nice pedestrian walkway.

Chicago closed off part of State Street as a ped-way years ago but finally reopened it to traffic. Only buses were allowed through the corridor. Businesses were suffering because of the lack of car traffic. Rockford (Illinois) also had their main downtown thoroughfare blocked off as a ped-way. Last week, the construction crews began work to reopen it to motorized traffic. Again claiming the same problem - decreased patronage for businesses.

Sadly, many of the towns and cities I have been to that had ped-ways are now reversing them. :(

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

And honestly, who are these people who pay $12 a day for parking? Who's got that kind of money to blow away? Take the bus--it'll cost you 1/4 of the price!

We need to tear down the parking lots and more or less force the wealthy to live like the rest of us!

Quoting Isadora

Sadly, many of the towns and cities I have been to that had ped-ways are now reversing them. :(

Yes, we're entirely too car-centric in this country, but I think we need to start with smaller cities than Chicago. It would make such an improvement in many cities in the USA that basically close down at night when workers head off to the burbs to sleep. San Francisco is one place that would benefit greatly. They started there by blocking traffic off at the cable car turnaround on Powell Street, but one block blocked off is simply not enough. I think that by extending this pedestrian street up past Union Square to at least Bush Street that many would be attracted to the area and the homeless infiltration would decrease. We're letting private business design our cities and the result is hell. Times Square in New York is another area that badly needs this change - if they can block it off for New Year's Eve, then they could do it 24 hours a day.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

Quoting tway

And honestly, who are these people who pay $12 a day for parking? Who's got that kind of money to blow away? Take the bus--it'll cost you 1/4 of the price!

We need to tear down the parking lots and more or less force the wealthy to live like the rest of us!

Pfft! It's not the wealthy. I've worked with plenty of coordinators--meaning just-out-of-school types--who drive in to work every day and park in the downtown lots. Heaven forbid they be seen on the bus, I guess.

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Quoting Daawgon

Quoting tway

And honestly, who are these people who pay $12 a day for parking? Who's got that kind of money to blow away? Take the bus--it'll cost you 1/4 of the price!

We need to tear down the parking lots and more or less force the wealthy to live like the rest of us!

Pfft! It's not the wealthy. I've worked with plenty of coordinators--meaning just-out-of-school types--who drive in to work every day and park in the downtown lots. Heaven forbid they be seen on the bus, I guess.

I should have said wealthy + those who spend money foolishly - they're everywhere! My hood in Portland is filled to the brim with yuppies in Range Rovers

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

Quoting tway

Quoting Daawgon

Quoting tway

And honestly, who are these people who pay $12 a day for parking? Who's got that kind of money to blow away? Take the bus--it'll cost you 1/4 of the price!

We need to tear down the parking lots and more or less force the wealthy to live like the rest of us!

Pfft! It's not the wealthy. I've worked with plenty of coordinators--meaning just-out-of-school types--who drive in to work every day and park in the downtown lots. Heaven forbid they be seen on the bus, I guess.

I should have said wealthy + those who spend money foolishly - they're everywhere! My hood in Portland is filled to the brim with yuppies in Range Rovers

There's a terribly swank drink/supper club up the street from here, where people dress to the 9s and look like they've stepped off a fashion cover. Says the guy here who used to hang around with such people: "They've got the look, but nothing in the bank." What a catch!

But... back to our regular-scheduled program...

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

Quoting Isadora

Sadly, many of the towns and cities I have been to that had ped-ways are now reversing them. :(

Yes, we're entirely too car-centric in this country, but I think we need to start with smaller cities than Chicago. It would make such an improvement in many cities in the USA that basically close down at night when workers head off to the burbs to sleep. San Francisco is one place that would benefit greatly. They started there by blocking traffic off at the cable car turnaround on Powell Street, but one block blocked off is simply not enough. I think that by extending this pedestrian street up past Union Square to at least Bush Street that many would be attracted to the area and the homeless infiltration would decrease. We're letting private business design our cities and the result is hell. Times Square in New York is another area that badly needs this change - if they can block it off for New Year's Eve, then they could do it 24 hours a day.

Actually, small as it is, New York has now just closed off a section of street in front of the ABC studios to make a "cafe-mall" area. It was big news about 2-3 weeks ago. Okay, not a grand scheme but something...

I'm afraid small towns have also decided to restructure their ped-ways. Years ago, Mankato, Minnesota closed off their main street and put up a mall. Okay, dumb idea and it lost millions and millions of dollars. They tore that down and made a ped-way. reluctantly, that has also been removed and the street returned to motorized traffic. Honestly, at least here in the US, we need to get rid of the strip malls to bring commerce back to the city (town) centers and make them the focus. Alas, that "hometown" feeling is pretty much lost on America when you can just drive your SUV to the mini-mall and skip the ambience of a real community setting. (But, I digress... I miss certain childhood things...)

10. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

In the UK almost every single town and city has a pedestrianised centre. For example Liverpool has a huge city centre now (it has been totally rebuilt) and it is all fully pedestrianised.