I know 'いそがしい' means busy as in 'having important things to do', but can it also mean busy as in crowded like 'busy street'


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The normal way to say a place is busy, in the meaning of crowded, is 混んでいる, though it is a verb. にぎやか is a similar concept, but is more like "lively" or "happening" than "busy" in the sense that there are many people.


Generally, the answer is no. 忙しい only means 'having a lot of things to do'.

忙しい街 seems possible, and 忙しい通り may be understood similarly (google search shows it is not common), vaguely as streets where people are hectic.

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