Recapping NYC’s Summer Streets

Last weekend, New York City closed roughly seven miles of streets to automobiles, turning its normally gridlocked streets into an American Ciclovia.  Naturally, NYC Streetsblog was all over the coverage of the event which has been hailed as a monumental success by nearly everyone involved.

If you’re interested in seeing what a car-free New York City would look like, you can check out a first hand account written Streetsblog writer Ben Fried, check out the photo gallery put together by Streetsblog readers, read Brad Aaron’s recap of what the event meant for business, or  just watch the Streetfilm above.

With the success of Summer Streets’ kickoff event, and with more cities temporarily closing their streets to cars the question is starting to loom: when is Los Angeles going to catch up and have a city-wide car free event instead of just block parties a couple of times a year?

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