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Market Needs a Different Kind of Critical Mass

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As we slowly fumble toward some sort of revamped Market Street, transit-friendlier perhaps, if not completely car-free, an anonymous voice in the Mayor's Office says it could work, as long as we don't go crazy with it: "I don’t think we are in any position to remove automobiles currently. It’s premature until we’ve reached a critical residential threshold, more uses like restaurants, lounges, bars, nightclubs, that cater to evening users. Some people have this idea that we can have a pedestrian paradise overnight, but you could end up with potentially desolate street life if you don’t allow automobile access." [Streetsblog]