Yeah, its creates speedways instead of more careful traffic management but I would have to see the study done to know if they truly are making a big mistake. Without any details, this is a mistake and ignoring reality which is that popular places will have traffic. Proper coordination of street parking, garages, and valet stands are the best tools along with thoughtful transit integration for those few trips that might actually use a bus or bike. Converting the streets for the bar scene exclusively is a very bad decision for street-level retail.
“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell”