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In The Zone

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Remember a stretch when cities across the land transposed European-style pedestrian zones onto their commercial arteries? It was known as the 70s. For 17 years, we had the State Street Mall. Long dismissed as a fad, and a reflexive answer to the suburban mall, aggressive pedestrian planning is getting its groove back, says an WBEZ article. With ballsy moves in NYC and San Fran, and quiet schemes here in Chicago, a case is made that the pedestrianization movement is cyclical. It's almost as if, every 20 years or so, a battle or two is won against autos. Note: be sure to listen to WBEZ's audio segment. [WBEZ]