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New Queens Public Plaza Full of People and Life

The area previously had no public seating whatsoever, which is astonishing considering the dozens of restaurants nearby. Now it is a magnet for people, especially kids, who give the place a vibe that feels different than most other pedestrian plazas. To watch parents sit calmly while their kids play would have been unheard of before the street was reclaimed from traffic and parking.

Also, Human Transit on Portland’s 1982 bus system reforms, which created an intuitive, efficient grid routing system out of a radial mess.