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This is the best news I have heard all week. Any measure that reduces traffic is an excellent one. I hope I see the day when all of Manhattan is car free.

I suppose it's just fine for those of us who can walk steadily, easily and without pain, but it has a few relatives of mine rethinking their annual NYC vacation. That's a lot of acreage to cross if your ability to walk is limited and the cab can't drop you directly in front of your destination.

On my visits to NYC, the Times Square is what I walk through to get to other places, and the only reason I've ever slowed down to notice (and frequent) the retail establishments in that area was slow-moving tourists on the crowded sidewalks. Without them, the area might as well be boarded-up factory, as far as I'm concerned. It will just be a pedestrian superhighway between Central Park and Bryant Park, and I doubt that I'll ever be enticed into one of the stores or restaurants again. (Don't you think all those people sitting in lawn chairs on concrete could be put to better use shopping?) The Times Square area has lost the bustle that was part of its charm, and 8th Street is looking more appealing.