CITIES: Footpaths in Fort Worth

Like most U.S. cities, Fort Worth (pop. 434,000) suffers downtown indigestion. Its business district, boxed in by railroads and the Trinity River, is fed by freeways that carry motorists into a honeycomb, where parking space is inadequate and traffic motion slows to a crawl.

Last week Fort Worth civic leaders heard a Los Angeles and Manhattan community planner unveil a bold solution to their problem. They were advised to dig deep into the heart of their beloved Texas to create subterranean truck lanes, park every arriving automobile, and turn streets within a downtown square mile into a pedestrians' paradise...

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