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NYC To Reduce Number Of Street Fairs

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- It looks like street fairs in the city are following the footsteps of parades - getting shorter with fewer of them.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration is planning to make street fair hours shorter and reduce the number of overall fairs by combining some of them.

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On Monday, Bloomberg said the decision was simply one of dollars and cents.


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"We're reducing street fairs like we've shortened parades.  We cannot afford to continue to provide the security that we need and continue to fight street crime and terrorism," he said.

The city said it's considering the measures in response to complaints from communities that the fairs create traffic congestion, noise and litter.

The mayor said that while he personally likes street fairs, the city was going to have to "do a lot more with less."

Though many New Yorkers think it's not fair to cut down on the number of street fairs, Bloomberg pointed out that there were "an awful lot of people that find the street fairs to be disruptive."

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