Times Square Design Contest Still On

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(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 4) Tim Tompkins, the head of the Times Square Alliance, emails there are no changes in the Times Square design contest -- the city is still going ahead with processing requests for proposals for the graphics underfoot at the pedestrian plazas. The plan still stands to announce a winner later this month.

This should come as no surprise. I was in Times Square on Sunday -- as I've been after other international incidents -- the Afghanistan War Declaration in the fall of 2001, and the London subway bombings of July 2005. Each time, Times Square was a magnet -- people gathering for the sake of human contact, a need to affirm they're part of something. Bombs or no, it's the place people want to be, particularly when something is happening.

BTW - WNYC also wants to know what you think the new times square should look like...tell us here.