Overcrowded sidewalks topped the list of residents’ concerns in a survey last year.
Unreserved compartment mentality
In the 3rd world trains have a couple of coaches, or “compartments” that are free-for all, without a seat reserved and no restriction on how many get in, as long as they have an open “ticket”. Not surprisingly, these compartments get overcrowded. The immigrants have this mentality.
Those who are already in should try to prevent those who want to get in, though they themselves entered an already packed coach!
Only so many can fit in a city only so many can fit in a country only so many can fit in a world.
When you go to oxford street and see migrants walking around not doing anything. They get this from markets in their country and if it was not over crowded they
would feel uncomferable. Just as humans feel uncomferable with the crowd.
We get upset if you can’t sit on the train. Or if you have to sit next to a cunt. Migrants are happy they don’t have to sit on the roof next to several cunts.
This is why we don’t keep building. This is why we have a green belt. Yes the migrants are willing to live in sub animal conditions.
Lets be honest no one lives in London. It’s just a compartment.
Too many people, too little space. Not enough patience.
Since I got here I went from doing this only on Regent and Oxford street. Now it’s pretty much everywhere. Sometimes it’s over crowding. Mostly it is the inablitiy of others to walk properly.
It’s not just me.
She prefers dodging yellow cabs and bicyclists to navigating sidewalks teeming with commuters, tourists and cart-pushing vendors, all jostling for elbow room.
“I don’t mind the walk, it’s just the people,” Ms. Singh, an account coordinator for the Univision television network, said. “Sometimes, they’re rude. They’re on top of you, no personal space. They’re smoking. It’s tough.”
The problem is particularly acute in Manhattan. Around Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, two of the city’s main transit hubs.
Throngs of shoppers and visitors sometimes bring swaths of Lower Manhattan to a standstill, prompting some local residents to cite clogged sidewalks as their biggest problem in a recent community survey.
Foot traffic has slowed to a shuffle along some of the city’s most famous corridors. On Fifth Avenue, between 54th and 55th Streets, 26,831 pedestrians — enough to fill Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall combined — passed through in three hours on a weekday in May 2015, up from 20,639 the year before, according to city data.
While a crowded sidewalk is simply a symptom of a crowded city, it resonates deeply because it affects almost everyone. Unlike overstuffed subways or tourist attractions like, say, Times Square, there is no going around the sidewalks. They are to New York what freeways are to Los Angeles: an essential part of the infrastructure. Sidewalks not only get people from Point A to Point B, but also serve as a shared public space for rich and poor, native and tourist alike.
“It’s the one part of the city that everyone has to use. You cannot avoid sidewalks.”
If there is an epicenter of crowded sidewalks in New York, it is near Penn Station, where pedestrians, food carts and newsstands all vie for space. Only London and Tokyo have sidewalks as congested, said Daniel A. Biederman, president of the 34th Street Partnership, which oversees the business district in the area. As many as 14,000 pedestrians an hour walk in front of the Modell’s Sporting Goods store on Seventh Avenue near West 34th Street, according to 2015 data collected by the partnership.
The commuter crowd is also growing. An average of 92,314 riders boarded New Jersey Transit trains at Penn Station each weekday in fiscal year 2015, up from 79,891 riders in fiscal year 2010. In the same period, average weekday boardings on New Jersey Transit buses at the Port Authority terminal also increased, to 78,006 riders from 72,506.
There is not solution to this. Others act worse on bigger sidewalks. Taking the busses off oxford street will just lead to people hanging out there. While the streets are packed there are more employees in the stores then customers. I think migrants treat it like thier 3rd world market they go there for the crowd to be the crowd.
Veteran pedestrians have tried to adapt. They shoulder their way into bike lanes or walk purposefully on the street alongside cars — eyes ahead, earphones in — forming a de facto express lane. They move en masse along Seventh and Eighth Avenues like a storm system on a weather map, heading north in the mornings and south in the evenings.
“You know how the system works,” said Roque Santos, 48, a stagehand who commutes daily from Jersey City. “I cross the street even before the light changes to beat the crowd.”
Peter Raskin, a sports marketing executive, has made walking in the street part of his daily routine. He zipped north on Seventh Avenue the other morning, even when there was room on the sidewalk. “I’m used to it,” he said. “I stay in the street with my head down.”
Mr. D’Angelo said he often had no choice but to step off the curb because he could not get by all the people along Eighth Avenue. His bus home to Pennsylvania leaves Port Authority at 5:55 p.m., with or without him.
Then there are the inattentive walkers, those who text on their phones or read newspapers while moving, and the meandering tourists who seem oblivious to the ways of the street. They stop midstride, step on someone’s heel or cut off people without warning. The result? Sidewalk rage.
“When you get out-of-towners and New Yorkers, it’s like mixing Clorox with ammonia, it doesn’t work — there’s a chemical reaction,” said Jato Jenkins, a street worker, as he swept a stretch of Seventh Avenue. “The New Yorkers walk their normal route, and the out-of-towners are going the opposite direction, like salmon going upstream.”
I’ve never not even once not in times square not a lunch time not at rush hour had a problem with others on the sidewalk in NYC. I’ve even been barated for walking too slow to be fiar I was.
At least you don’t have the Spanish standing in door ways. I’ve finally figured out why they do this. It’s about watching others. The Portuguese do it from thier windows. The Spanish do it from the door way. These countries can’t afford electricity so they they watch and gossip about people. Even when they leave they can’t / won’t stop. It’s force of life habit. Even 2 gens do it. Thier low intelect level allows them not to get bored by this. No life because no one likes them so watch and talk about the lives of others.
If uncontrolled, tourism can kill tourism