A proposed $27 million redesign of Times Square’s growing pedestrian-only sections will separate “free-flowing walkways” for New Yorkers and central plazas for tourists, providing for “different speeds at which people can move” through the crowded hub. 

Since the president of the Times Square Alliance called the plazas “dumpy-looking,” the redesign will also smooth out the curbs and replace the “flimsy” “clutter” with silver-gray slab-like benches and metallic tiles, “a futuristic, streamlined look and a noirish quality that evokes the square’s colorful and occasionally illicit past.” Sounds like a condo lobby.