Friday, May 8, 2015
One of the great virtues of the post-You Tube life is that many of the Fifties' and Sixties' booster videos for urban renewal projects are readily available. One such video I just found, which was forwarded to me by my colleague Lee Dillion, provides a cringe-worthy argument for the pedestrian malls that came to devastate downtown Fresno. It's worth a watch here:
As folks may know, the Fresno pedestrian mall-ification of its downtown was considered a precedent-setting move in the Sixties. Unfortunately, it ruined the downtown, and now Fresno is trying to take out the malls and replace them with a "complete streets"-style of roadway. See more here and here.