Could these streets be made for walking? The Boston Planning & Development Agency and Boston Transportation Department recently released findings + feedback from this summer’s Copley Connect program. Spoiler alert: It’s good news for pedestrians.
⤵️ In case you missed it
For 10 days in June 2022, the city closed a portion of Dartmouth Street (where the Central Library + Copley Square connect) to non-emergency vehicles.
The space was re-imagined as a pedestrian paradise with community programming like cafe seating, block parties, andoutdoor yoga.
📊 Breaking down the findings
Community stakeholders met with project staff over the summer, and a public engagement campaign resulted in 1000+ responses. Here’s what Bostonians had to say:
62% of respondents were frequent users of Copley Square, on both a daily + weekly basis.
72% of people has a very positive opinion about transforming the street into a car-free public pedestrian space.
Most respondents said they were highly likely to visit Dartmouth Street if it became a permanent public pedestrian space.
The project analysis also considered specific traffic data and time impacts along Berkeley Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and other connected streets.
Overall, the study found that drive times remained more or less the same as usual, though drivers experienced a ~40-second delay during rush hour.
👟 The next steps
Following the pilot program, transportation planners will study morepermanent improvements to the street.
The project team is already pitching measures that could help lessen the impacts on driving time, from providing more northbound travel options to improving the existing bike lane.
In the meantime, Copley Square Park and the Central Library are also getting fresh new looks. Learn more about design plans for the Back Bay park + the library’s McKim building.
Monday Movie Night: Shrek Edition | Monday, Jan. 23 | 7-9 p.m. | Lamplighter CX, 110 N First St., Cambridge | Free to attend | Get there early to pregame with the “Shrek” themed drinking game.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
Geeks Who Drink Trivia | Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 8 p.m. | Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge | Free to attend | If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to play more trivia, add this event to your to-do list.
Elinor Lipman Book Talk | Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 7 p.m. | Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge | Free | RSVP to attend a book talk + signing with the author of “Ms. Demeanor.”
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Quesadilla and Wine Pairing | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Boston Winery, 26 Ericsson St., Boston | $45 | Try a unique wine pairing with quesadillas from Chef Fermine ˇTorres.
Burns Supper | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 7-10 p.m. | The Dubliner, 2 Center Plaza, Boston | $95 | Enjoy a traditional Scottish supper in the pub’s main dining room.
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The Boston Planning & Development Agency board has approved four new projects. Read up on the plans for a life sciences research site in Allston, a mixed-use development on Simmons University property + housing developments in South Boston and Dorchester.
Civility Social Houseis opening in Somerville’s Assembly Row. The new 3,600-sqft eatery will serve elevated pub fare like handmade burgers, flatbreads, and salads. Mark your calendar for the official opening at 490 Foley St. on Tuesday, Jan. 31. 🍽️ (Boston Chefs)
MassDOT shared the 12 winners of the inaugural snowplow namingcontest. Local elementary and middle school students flexed their creativity with names like “Sled Zeppelin,”“Sherlock Snowmes,” and “Luke Snowalker.” ❄️ (CBS Boston)
Hasty Pudding Theatricalshas named its 2023 Man of the Year: Bob Odenkirk. The “Better Caul Saul” and “Breaking Bad” actor will be honored at a celebratory roast on Thursday, Feb. 2. We’re staying tuned for the Woman of the Year announcement. 🏆
Dorchester’s Ashmont Grillwill close its doors next month. Chef and owner Chris Douglass will continue to operate the Italian restaurant Tavolo. (Boston Globe)
Regal Fenway will likely be closing its doors in the coming months. The local movie theater, housed in the Landmark Center, is one of 39 Regal locations that is expected to be impacted by the chain’s parent company filing for bankruptcy. 🎥 (Boston.com)
Boston-based health care startup knownwell is bringing a new clinic to Needham. The company is tackling the issue of weight bias in doctor’s offices, and plans to offer both in-person and virtual service when the clinic opens in late March. (Boston Globe)
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Editor’s pick: If you tend to keep up withthis Kardashian, you’ll know that Kim was visiting our city on Friday. She even stopped to post a photo of “The Embrace” on her Instagram story while in town to speak at Harvard Business School.
What you might not know is that the celebrity has a company based in Boston. Read up on Skky Partners, the private equity firm she co-founded with Jay Sammons.
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