NEW YORK (AP) — New York City sidewalks are becoming more crowded.

According to The New York Times, the city started gauging foot traffic at 50 busy intersections five years ago.

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The “pedestrian volume index” has climbed steadily. The exception is from 2008 to 2009, possibly because of the recession.

One study found 350,000 pedestrians a day in Times Square. There were 97,000 on Main Street in Flushing, Queens, and 80,000 on East Fordham Road in the Bronx.

The Department of Transportation has been widening sidewalks where possible and expanding pedestrian malls.

Says Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan: “You don’t live here unless you like people.”

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