Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Pike Place Public Market (Seattle) Could be Heavenly...

...if it weren't for all the stupid cars.

"What is incomprehensible to me is why we can't entertain a creative solution. Such as designating several car-free hours in midday when tourist flow is at a max."

Belltown Messenger

Why is it American cities ruin their most precious public spaces by allowing cars to invade obvious pedestrian zones?

Pedestrian shopping zones are so special in the USA that people come from miles around to experience them. Just look at 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

Sometimes we even pay money to enter a pedestrian zone safe from the threat of cars. Main Street, Disneyland.

Lesson: Car free shopping/pedestrian zones are urban cash registers. Mandatory drive-up parking can sometimes be bad for business.

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