Charles Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects discussed the plan — now just an idea.
Transforming Commercial St. into a pedestrian-only street has multiple advantages, according to the proposal. Examples cited included:
•Improved accessibility (particularly for non-drivers)
•Increase in local business activity and employment
•Increased neighborhood interaction and community cohesion
In Nevada City, an example cited included Union Alley with the Farmers Market.
Some case studies were cited too: Church St. in Burlington, Vermont; Pearl St. in Boulder, Colorado; and Montreal, Canada.
In Nevada City, six parking spaces in total would be eliminated by the proposed plan.
I suspect cost (I would assume hundreds of thousands of dollars for a complete makeover and improvements to make Commercial a pedestrian-only street) will be a hurdle — not to mention “naysayers.”
But we enjoyed the ambiance of the farm-to-table banquet (no cars; just pedestrians). It was sold out and included many business, civic and City Hall leaders.
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