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Possibly More to Come
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with other city officials, announced that the parts of Broadway that were closed last spring will become permanent pedestrian plazas, and that more might be added. Bloomberg said that "a reduction in injuries to pedestrians and motorists, along with a warm response from merchants and tourists, had persuaded him."...Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The parking garage is the Rodney Dangerfield of building types, the troubled snag in the urban fabric, the Gordian Knot of design. But for all the ugly-red-haired-stepchild car parks of the world and the many generic, bunker-like auto warehouses, there are also stunning examples of man-and-machine triumph that incorporate both function and aesthetics. And they are about to be celebrated in an exhibition that opens tomorrow at the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C.

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