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The Associated Press March 30, 2012, 11:45AM ET

NYC plans 7-block midtown promenade

New York City is considering a proposal that would connect a series of public walkways and arcades running through office buildings to create a seven-block promenade in midtown Manhattan.

Unofficially dubbed 6 1/2 Avenue, it would stretch from 51st Street to 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The half-mile of existing passageways would be linked by raised midblock crosswalks that would have stop signs.

The Department of Transportation wants to have the plan in place by this summer.

Community Board 5 is set to vote on the proposal on April 12.

The privately owned public spaces include breezeways, canopied passages and landscaped gardens.

Officials say the plan would reduce the number of jaywalkers on the avenues and help traffic flow.

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