In the summer of 2017, the Downtown Alliance convened a diverse group of over 30 stakeholders to develop a new vision for the Stock Exchange District. The New York Stock Exchange report is the result of that nine-month collective effort. Its vision is grounded in the realities of a complex urban environment, security parameters established by the NYPD, and the needs of the district’s diverse set of users. It’s designed to be implementable in stages, over several years, by both public and private sector actors, and it articulates a joint vision for a more attractive and secure district.
The main goal of the Stock Exchange District plan is to create a dynamic urban space that works for all its users while celebrating the four centuries of history that have defined the heart of Lower Manhattan. To achieve this, the report is organized around three guiding principles: creating identity and a sense of place, enhancing pedestrian environment and improving mobility, and rationalizing deliveries and separating trucks from pedestrians.
The Stock Exchange District requires an attractive and cohesive streetscape, with a focus on identifying the area as unique. Design features should highlight the entrances to the district, creating a sense of arrival, and should use more uniform and attractive materials throughout the zone.
People need the ability to move more easily through the zone. Our redesign will enhance the pedestrian experience in the district while creating more attractive and multi-functional seating options.
Aligning the design of the district’s streets with how they are actually used would create more room for pedestrians. Eliminating redundant security devices would help ease pedestrian choke points.
This thriving mixed use district needs to better accommodate a range of vehicles, from private cars to daily commercial deliveries.
The report’s vision creates new loading and unloading areas to accommodate the needs of the district’s residents and workers. At the same time, the new street designs would improve pedestrian flow and discourage trucks from parking on sidewalks and along Broad Street.