Over the past ten years,
the Times Square Alliance
presided over the rebirth of Times Square as a revived cultural
and tourist center and a prominent address for corporate headquarters.
However, its streets and sidewalks are congested, poorly designed,
and visually unappealing.
Now the Alliance has turned its attention to upgrading the streetscape and improving
the pedestrian environment. This process began with a series of workshops, organized
in partnership with the Design Trust for Public Space, which explored the range
of possible streetscape improvements.
Subsequently, the Design Trust
awarded a fellowship to Michael
Fishman, the Vice President
of Urban Design at Sam Schwartz
Company, to continue working
with the Alliance. Mr. Fishman
helped to interpret the workshop
findings and facilitate contact
with the New York City Department
of Transportation, resulting
in a pedestrian-mobility plan,
and Possibilities: Re-Imagining the Pedestrian Environment in
Times Square . The Times Square Alliance will work with New
York City to implement this comprehensive plan, and transform
Times Square into an international model for pedestrian mobility.