Mayor Might Close Newbury To Cars This Summer

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 14

This sounds like a fantastic idea…If this works out (stores don’t lose money, maybe even make more money), it would be a great bit of data to support the idea that removing cars from certain areas can actually help business not hurt it. On street parking has long been a holy icon of Boston, and it is nice to see that someone has the stones to challenge the theology of the on street parking.

As the weather gets warmer, Newbury Street shoppers may get the right of way if the mayor gets his way.

Mayor Thomas Menino is proposing that the popular shopping spot be shut down to cars and open only to pedestrian traffic on weekends in July and August.

His hope: to make the area more people friendly and allow them more room to wander freely.

It is an announcement the Martin Lawrence Gallery has been waiting for.

“People don’t have to be frustrated with motor vehicle traffic. It opens up the sidewalks, we’ve got a good crowd down here, people biding for space. Take the cars out, people have more freedom,” said Mitch Rutt, of the Martin Lawrence Gallery.

Pedestrians think it’s a great idea.(via)


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3 Responses to “Mayor Might Close Newbury To Cars This Summer”

  1. By Clarence Eckerson Jr. on Mar 16, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, car-free thoughts are reaching far and wide!

  2. By Ron Newman on Mar 16, 2009 | Reply

    I like the idea, but this street will probably be a really bad place to ride a bike on such days.

  3. By Jon on Feb 1, 2011 | Reply

    I can imagine a 12′ wide, well marked, 2-way bike lane running lengthwise on Newbury. Motor vehicles will still be able to cross Newbury at each of the existing intersections, but the space “saved” by eliminating motor traffic would allow much larger sidewalks & outdoor seating for eating at the many restaurants dotting along Newbury. Outdoor eating is severely lacking in Boston, and improving outdoor dining would draw in additional tourism revenue for our city. Additional sidewalk space would also improve our outdoor arts in that area. I dare you to count how many art galleries there are on Newbury, it is a huge presence on Newbury, but very little of it is experienced by the casual stroller.

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