In this case, the Globe is talking about Boston’s Downtown Crossing. After dark, this pedestrian-only mall empties out and gets pretty sketchy (pretty different from the artist’s rendering of this mall above). The reporter says opening up the mall to car traffic is the solution. The readers seem to disagree (see interesting comments). For more on planning for community walkability, Mark Fenton, host of new PBS series called “America Walking,” is offering a workshop in Springfield, hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services and Partners for a Healthier Community (April 13th, 10-12, location TBD). And if you’re interested in the economic argument for widening sidewalks and adding bike paths, check out this new study from Toronto (PDF, 28 pages). As Holyoke considers a “complete streets” campaign, these stories may be instructive.
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