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.

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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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