This represents yet another stretch of Broadway that has been completely transformed in the years that I've lived in New York. Broadway used to be a grand avenue which ran further than any other in New York. I suppose it still is, but when you restrict vehicular access to the extent that it has, is there a limit at which it can no longer be considered useful? In the past few years, it's gotten to the point where cars should consider themselves lucky if they can stumble upon a segment of Broadway they can drive down. This summer half of the street north of Union Square was transformed into another bland, directionless pedestrian plaza…one which carries over and around to 17th Street. I really feel bad for any drivers that need to get around…it just seems impossible.