Mayor Wu today announced plans to turn Dartmouth Street in front of the Copley library into a pedestrian area between June 7 and June 17th - in a pilot that could lead to the block being shut to traffic permanently - and to re-create the Newbury Street open-streets pedestrian program on long stretches of Centre Street in Jamaica Plain one day in July, Blue Hill Avenue in Grove Hall in August and Dorchester Avenue in September.
Programming will include activities unique to each neighborhood, offering a taste of culture through a variety of food trucks, big games, photo installations, exclusive performances and activations. Examples include a block party in collaboration with SEED in JP, a roller rink in Roxbury, and boxing on Dorchester Ave.
The Copley Connect pilot program will temporarily connect the plaza in front of the library with Copley Square Park and will include "food trucks, programming from the Boston Public Library, performances, as well as various activities for youth and families," the city says. City planners, though, will use information from traffic and other studies to consider whether to shut the block to traffic permanently or to open it more frequently as an event pop-up space. A couple years ago, Boston permanently turned the smaller Birch Street in Roslindale Square into a pedestrian gathering spot and seating area for surrounding restaurants.
On Sunday, July 10, Centre Street in Jamaica Plain will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Lamartine Street and the Monument.
On Saturday, Aug. 6, Blue Hill Avenue will be open to just pedestrians from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Warren Street and Dudley Street.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, Dorchester Avenue will be car-free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Freeport Street and Gallivan Boulevard.
A pedestrian-only Newbury Street will return this summer as well, although dates have not yet been set.