The Friday, December 18 edition of The New York Times has a feature on 2020’s transformation of New York’s streets. City officials redirected vehicular traffic and turned over 83 miles of streets to people on foot or riding bikes. Restaurants and retailers started doing business alfresco.
This is the essence of restorative design — a re-imagined built environment that promotes wellness, economy through conservation and a deeper connection to nature.
Removing vehicles from streets makes streets safer and more walkable. It strengthens the bonds that make communities closer and more resilient. It shrinks our carbon footprint.
We like the way New York is thinking. And we’re curious to see if their experiment takes root.
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