The article “How Cities Can Use Paris as a Model for Implementing Safer Street Infrastructure” by Yonah Freemark highlights the potential for New York City to alleviate its severe traffic issues by adopting urban design strategies similar to those used in Paris. While New York’s congestion pricing plan, intended to reduce traffic and fund public transportation, is delayed, Paris’s long-term efforts to reduce car dependency offer an alternative model. Key initiatives in Paris include transforming car-centric streets into pedestrian zones, expanding cycling routes, and enhancing public transportation. These measures have successfully reduced car use, decreased pollution, and improved road safety. The article suggests that US cities can learn from Paris’s sustained and comprehensive approach to urban transportation.

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