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Plan would tame behavior in Times Square pedestrian plaza

Two women wearing body paint and underwear pose for a photo in Times Square in August. City Hall has responded to complaints about aggressive hustling for tips with recommendations that aim to tame the activity in Times Square while respecting freedom of speech (Xinhua/Li Muzi/Landov)

When New York City tore up streets in Times Square to accommodate pedestrians, the redesign was heralded as a placemaking success. Sally Goldenberg reports for Politico New York that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is now concerned that the “Crossroads of the World” is getting out of control.

For months, the New York papers have been consumed with stories about overzealous costumed characters and provocatively dressed women hustling tourists for tips. And then there are the massive crowds trying to maneuver what is still a construction site.

City Hall has responded with recommendations that aim to tame the activity in Times Square while respecting freedom of speech. The city’s plan would limit solicitations, strengthen regulation of vendors and reduce foot traffic by temporarily banning street fairs in Times Square, the article says. Meanwhile, Mallory Hoff reports for WABC-TV that the city might create a special zone for “constitutionally protected solicitation.” More here on the pedestrianization of Times Square.

Source: 
Politico New York

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