NY1 For You: Increased Foot Traffic Around WTC Site A Disruption For Some
Updated: 09/22/2011 08:31 PM
By: Susan Jhun
Residents who live across from the World Trade Center site say increased foot traffic is making life for them very uncomfortable. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.
Immobilized by the onset of pedestrian traffic at the World Trade Center site, residents at 114 Liberty Street say the massive amount of visitors to the 9/11 tribute center has created serious congestion.
“It impedes our daily life to such a degree it's like we're almost paralyzed,” says Steven Abramson, resident of 114 Liberty Street. “It seems like they don't have any kind of system to process people who come through the Tribute Center and then go off on their tours. There's just a massive amount of people in front.”
“It's really hard to live a normal family, residential life in this neighborhood,” says Karen Greenspan, another resident.
“It's just an uncomfortable situation right now,” adds resident David Stanke.
Residents say Cedar Street and Thames Street, just two blocks south, are relatively empty, and they wonder why some of the foot traffic can't be diverted there.
“Why can't they have at least somebody or some personnel directing this traffic to another street to reduce the burden on Liberty Street?” says Abramson.
In addition to foot traffic, vehicular traffic and parking for the firehouse have become issues, blocking residents' access to their building.
“This parking area needs to be temporary parking only, not permanent parking for anybody at any time,” says Stanke.
“Could we get, at the very least, a spot in the front of our building so we can pull in and just do drop-offs?” says Abramson.
NY1 posed these questions to World Trade Center command. A spokesman says the flow of pedestrians being directed to other streets and the parking on Liberty Street is being evaluated and considered.
In the meantime, the spokesman says police officers assigned to the World Trade Center command have been reminded of the needs of the surrounding community.
The spokesman says they are in the process of arranging a meeting with residents.
NY1 For You will continue to follow this story.
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