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Jordi Lippe-McGraw
June 10, 2016

In an effort to quell some of the chaos of New York's Times Square in New York City, which sees some 50,000,000 visitors annually, the city will be painting zones to organize street performers and tourist traffic.

For example, green colored areas will be known as “chill zones,” where people can relax without the threat of being bothered by an adult-sized Dora the Explorer or any other street performers. In contrast, there will be “designated activity zones” in blue, where people can perform and solicit money. Purple areas will be “express lanes” designed to relieve pedestrian congestion.

“We will also have signage that clearly communicates what activity zones people should be in,” said Ed Pincar, deputy commissioner of the Manhattan borough of the Department of Transportation.

The new zones come after a number of tourists have been complaining about street performers’ aggressive panhandling, harassment, and public fighting.

Starting Monday, officials from the Department of Transportation will have ambassadors in Times Square explaining the new rules. Full enforcement begins on June 21.

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