1. Northampton shuts down traffic on Main Street for the day to enhance downtown shopping experience amid COVID-19 pandemic; See the street designs

    Northampton shuts down traffic on Main Street for the day to enhance downtown shopping experience amid COVID-19 pandemic; See the street designs

    The city of Northampton has shut down traffic in the heart of the community’s business district as workers remodel Main Street in efforts to improve the downtown shopping experience during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    1. The overarching goal, and this was part of the reason MassDOT set up this Shared Spaces grant program, was recognizing that many communities now are scrambling to reconfigure outdoor space and roadways and set up outdoor dining for supporting economic recovery.
    2. I think [it] has been very well-received and has been, I would say, successful, just judging by the vibrancy of when you go down through that part of lower Main Street.
    3. It's again an effort to create more public space, shared space for more outdoor seating. It also addresses some social distancing needs by creating more public space for pedestrians as well as for cyclists.
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