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NYC Bans Cars for (Salsa) Dancing in the Streets?

New York City shut down seven miles of city streets for six hours on Saturday, opening roads from the Brooklyn Bridge to Park Avenue for pedestrians only. New Yorkers and tourists alike took up tai chi or salsa dancing right in the middle of the street! The Summer Streets program will happen again over the next two weekends. Other city dwellers around the world enjoy a day of recreation in the street, too, as places like Guadalajara, Mexico, Bogotá , Colombia, and Paris have instituted days without cars for some time now.

San Francisco plans to do something similar at the end of the month, by shutting down car access and setting up aerobics, yoga, and hula hooping attractions. Merchants and business owners at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf call the plan a disaster, complaining that closing the waterfront to cars will cut off access to their businesses. But, after a dust up with some city lawmakers, SF Mayor Newsom's plan got approved. Who knew pedestrians could be so political? Would you like to enjoy some Summer Streets in your city?


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mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
hyptnoicmix~ It's snowed here a few times too. It's never when normal places get snow, though. A few years ago, it snowed in April on easter. Completely random.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
As for the point in the article re: San Francisco the merchants made a fowl cry in my opinion. The stretch of the Embarcadero that the Mayor had in mind actually receives the least foot traffic in the area and by blocking it off for the event by its very nature would attract two to three times the foot traffic that the merchants normally get. I really just didn't understand their grievance. It was like some one fired a start pistol and every one started running but there was no race.
michlny michlny 7 years
I live in the city and it was GREAT! I ran all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge with no interruption! It brought a major flow of people to areas they wouldn't have gone. I Just wish it didn't end at 1pm :(
YayaOzoHead YayaOzoHead 7 years
Sounds like fun. People would throw a fit in LA though.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
LOL! mondaymoos I lived in Phoenix/Tempe for a year and I do remember what 121degrees dry heat feels like, but I also remember the night it snowed too. What an extreme.
krazykarot krazykarot 7 years
Cambridge, MA already does this (kind of), every Sunday during certain months will shut down a length of Memorial Drive for pedestrians, cyclists and rollerbladers. It's a lot of fun yet annoying to have a major thoroughfare shut down to cars every week. The detours can get kind of crazy with all the one way streets.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
I wouldn't participate. Do you have any idea how hot it would be on the asphault in Arizona??
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
This is fantastic. We've recognized the ills of isolating ourselves from our neighbors and we're bringing it back together. Now if only we can recognize other ills so easily.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I'd love a big street party involving hula hooping and yoga. I agree that it might increase traffic to the merchants. And honestly, it's for 1 day! They'll survive.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I'd love a big street party involving hula hooping and yoga.I agree that it might increase traffic to the merchants. And honestly, it's for 1 day! They'll survive.
janneth janneth 7 years
I feel bad for the merchants, but could a big event like this GENERATE business? People might drop in to stores and eat in restaurants that are in the area.
pinky23 pinky23 7 years
summer streets sounds like an excellent idea! it reminds me of old-school block parties. i'm all for bringing the idea to michigan!
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Calling out around the world are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer's here and the time is right for dancing in the street! And now that's what I'll be singing alll day.
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