NY/BLOOMBERG ON TIMES SQUARE CHANGES
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Aufnahmedatum: Mon 23 Dec 2013, 21:28 GMT
Veröffentlichungsdatum: Mon 23 Dec 2013, 22:26 GMT
Geographische Zone: New York, UNITED STATES (USA)
New York, UNITED STATES (USA), Mon 23 Dec 2013, 21:28 GMT
NEW YORK CITY MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG UNVEILING A REVAMPED SECTION OF TIMES SQUARE.
BLOOMBERG CUTTING THE RIBBON EARLIER TODAY (MONDAY) -- MARKING THE COMPLETION OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PERMANENT PEDESTRIAN PLAZA.
IT IS OPEN ON BROADWAY BETWEEN FORTY-SECOND AND FORTY-THIRD STREET.
IT WILL EVENTUALLY MAKE ITS WAY UP TO FORTY-SEVENTH STREET.
MEANTIME NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY WITH THE TIMING OF THE MAJOR REDESIGN PROJECT.
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES IN OTHER AREAS, FORCING PEOPLE TO WALK AROUND WORK ZONES.
BLOOMBERG says: "Today here on Broadway we're cutting the ribbon on the first of five pedestrian plazas that will continue the historic transformation of Times Square. Now, you'll recall we first closed this location to vehicles back in 2009. The green light for the midtown initiative was a pilot project. It was something people said, "Wow, I remember when Setta Kahn (SP?) said, "I wanna close Broadway,' and I said, you wanna do what? But the more she made the case, the more I thought it made a lot of sense, and he was right. The results of that experiment has been tremendously positive for public safety, for our economy and for traffic flow. And that's why we're making it permanent. One of our big problems is that all over the city, neighborhoods and merchants want to close the streets because it has been so successful here. Unfortunately, there are no alternatives to closing traffic in this case closing a diagonally does improve traffic flow. We have ways of measuring it because of all the taxis on the GPS so it knows exactly how long it takes to go from here to there. So when people say, 'oh it's faster or slower,' that's park bench wisdom that depends on your last trip. The real numbers you have are from the computer and it says that it's a big success in every one of the areas mentioned. In terms of the pedestrians plazas, more than 400 thousand pedestrians pass through Times Square every day. And with the improvements we've made to this plaza's infrastructure, lighting and broadcasting connections, it can host more public events like this one.
Without worrying about traffic people can come for entertainment or for a stroll. They can sit down and relax, they can also keep shopping. And since we started remaking Times Square four years ago it has become one of the ten most successful retail destinations in the world."
CONSTRUCTION WILL STOP BETWEEN DECEMBER TWENTY-SEVENTH AND NEW YEAR'S DAY
THE FORTY MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT WON'T BE FINISHED UNTIL TWENTY-FIFTEEN.