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These Cities Are Building Downtowns Safe From Vehicle Attacks

After Tuesday, there’s no excuse for a limited imagination when it comes to safer streets.
A cyclist stands at a police barricade outside the New York City bike path where a driver mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday.
A cyclist stands at a police barricade outside the New York City bike path where a driver mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday.Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

How do you stop a terrorist, a crazy person, or just a rage-filled asshole in a commercial vehicle from ramming into a sea of people ? Don’t bother: According to the Los Angeles Times, it’s near impossible.

“New York truck attack was predictable, just not preventable,” reads the headline of an article from Tuesday outlining the challenges of identifying malevolent intent among truck renters, after a driver plowed into a crowded Manhattan bike path on Tuesday, killing eight people.