City forges ahead on 34th Street pedestrian plaza plan

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The Bloomberg administration is advancing a proposal to turn the busy 34th Street corridor between Herald Square and the Empire State Building into a pedestrian plaza similar to that of Times Square, banning cars from one of the city’s most congested areas. A public hearing on the plan, which was proposed in 2008 and is intended to give pedestrians more space and speed up crosstown busses, was held Wednesday. Last week, officials from the Department of Transportation met to discuss the proposal with local business leaders, and the city is currently working on environmental and design reviews. The $30 million project would be completed by the end of 2012; a final design is expected in the fall of 2011. [NYT]  

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