One reason that the Nassau Street Mall works so well is that the street has been returned to its original use. When Nassau Street became a roadway, people did a great deal more walking than today. There is great potential for New York City to identify other streets in lower Manhattan for conversion to primarily pedestrian use. With the current building boom in lower Manhattan, employment densities are on the rise. Part of the Department of Transportation's overall plan is to promote traffic-free malls where there is a high level of pedestrian activity. At the same time planners must remember that deliveries to merchants are an important part of urban life, and mall design must incorporate provision for deliveries. Planners of pedestrian streets feel that pedestrianization can enhance a commercial street doing reasonably well but cannot reverse a street already in serious decline. The Nassau Street Mall demonstrates that if a street is somewhat in decline but there are strong development forces and high density in an area adjacent to that street, then pedestrianization can arrest decline and help revive the street. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented during the Institute of Transportation Engineers 54th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, September 23-27, 1984.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • GURIN, D
    • Johnson, V
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 9-14

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  • Accession Number: 00390589
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1985 12:00AM