in the capital city of ukraine, kiev, they close the main street (about 5km long) off on the weekends to automobile traffic. kiev is a huge capital city with a large pedestrian population. many businesses protested at first, but then after noticing how walkers came out in droves on the weekends; it only boosted business. people walked along the wide main streets, eat at outdoor cafes, strollers abound, and the people love it. it has become so popular that they are starting to close other popular streets that have been known to attract tourists. i think this is a great idea. anybody doing this in the states as part of their development policy? i would think it would work best in bigger cities with a larger pedestrian load (i.e. NYC, san fran, etc...) or do you all think we are to much of a "busy" society to do this...even on weekends?