I’m not a New Yorker yet, so don’t take my opinion on this too seriously.
When I first heard about this plan, I thought it was awesome for all the usual reasons. Now that I actually see it… I hate it.
Now it looks exactly like the crummy section of a theme park. Here’s my problem: One could literally recreate this setting anywhere in the world. Part of what gives New York its authenticity, to me, is the traffic. The unrelenting sea of yellow is something you can’t just artificially create1.
Otherwise, Times Square is just asphalt and bright lights and weary tourists. Vegas has this, except it’s much cleaner and you can legally carry a beer.
It’s the little inconveniences, the quirks, the imperfections of an experience that make it real. That give it character. That make it special.
Okay, yes, technically you could hire hundreds of drivers to create faux traffic jams, but that’d be stupid.
Agree with you. Not really a fan of Times Square, but i think it’s pretty much the only place that’s better with traffic.