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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