Reconsidering Times Square

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New Yorkers have long avoided the garish jumble of cars, tourists, and hucksters at the center of their city. Can the latest, pedestrian-friendly redesign lure them back?

On a warm spring night, as a grass-fresh breeze penetrates even into the heart of New York and the lights of the skyline merge with the sunset glow, I sit on a barstool in the middle of Times Square and say, “Hello!” into a microphone. A few people resting at café tables cock an eye in my direction, wondering if I’m just another huckster they can safely ignore. In a sense, I am: I’ve com...


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