Loop NYC Wishes To Bring Driverless Expressways and Sustainable Green Corridors to Manhattan
An exciting new project is being proposed for Manhattan. One could argue that the principles for good Feng Shui design has finally settled into the consciousness of urban designers. The new plan to revitalize the urban city-scape of New Yorks busiest island is nothing short od inspiring. A blending of state of the art technology and green living.
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Manhattan-based architecture practice Edg has created an ambitious proposal that changes major freeways into driverless ones, as well as adding eco-friendly Green corridors extending the length of the island. Called "Loop NYC," the system aims to improve Manhattanites' lifestyle as well as minimize the city's levels of pollution. Edg has launched a video outlining the proposition and its uses
Loop NYC works by transforming the city's main freeways into driverless expressways & 1-way streets, with other major city streets (14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 57th, 86th, and 110th) that cut across the island specifically supporting driverless vehicles. With the exception of 110th Street, the streets stated become part of the initial 15 made to be wider than the old original to 30 meters span designed by the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, which was responsible for the initial grid-design of Manhattan-- making them a few of the busiest roads in the city today.
Driverless Cars and Expansive Open Green Walkways
By incorporating the cross streets with major highways circling around the boundary of the city, driverless expressways operate in a series of "loops," rapidly and efficiently moving passengers while optimizing the busy traffic flow. Currently, a loop from Grand Central Station to Lower Manhattan return takes about 40 minutes; Loop NYC offers do that in less than 11 minutes.
In addition to driverless freeways, pedestrian paths and massive eco-friendly spaces are also part of Loop NYC's master plan. Pedestrian bridges are made to extend over the driverless networks with a 13-mile long pedestrian park is created to extend from Battery Park in the south of Manhattan branching at Union Square, transforming Broadway and Park Avenue into spacious environmentally-friendly corridors only for pedestrian and bike users.
Redesigning Manhattan with Feng Shui
The benefits of the plan are intended to enhance the quality of city living for the entire community living and commuting in the city. Green corridors will reduce the noise, and air pollution. The green spaces will encourage better communication between neighbors. The plan is to replicate the success of Manhattan's High Line and similar walkway projects showing up in other significant cities.