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GOOD for America: Car-Free Streets

by Ben Jervey

April 29, 2011

GOOD CEO Ben Goldhirsh is a regular guest on The Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC for a segment called "GOOD for America." We'll be collecting clips of his appearances here.

Two years ago, Mayor Michael Bloomberg closed down Manhattan's Times Square to cars. The idea was to give the street back to pedestrians, increase mobility along that notoriously clustered stretch of Broadway, improve the experience for visitors and local workers, and hopefully, improve air quality. Today, it's pretty hard to find any critics of the change.

Yesterday, our CEO Ben Goldhirsh was joined by Tim Tompkins from the Times Square Alliance on The Dylan Ratigan Show to talk about the benefits—ones that were expected and pleasant surprises—of closing Broadway down to cars.


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Ratigan admits that he was skeptical when he first heard of the idea, but that he's a convert. Goldhirsh, ever the businessman, talks at length about the real benefits to local retailers along the pedestrian way. We want to know: What city is next?

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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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