Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr plans to introduce a notice of motion at today's General Issues Committee meeting to close James Street North between King William and Barton Street for the monthly Art Crawls between May and November.
Art Crawl is an organic monthly event on James North that occurs on the second Friday of every month. Restaurants, galleries and other stores stay open late to launch exhibitions, host concerts and other special events.
Unlike the annual Supercrawl festival, in which James Street is closed to automobile traffic between King Street and Barton Street, the monthly Art Crawls take place on the sidewalks. Despite this, Art Crawls regularly attract several thousand visitors.
Farr's motion calls on the GIC to ask staff to report back on the feasibility of closing James North between 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM to support the continued growth of the Art Crawl events.
A notice of motion is generally a notice to the committee members that the councillor will introduce the motion itself at a subsequent meeting.
Following is the text of the notice of motion:
CITY OF HAMILTON
NOTICE OF MOTION
Committee Date: September 18, 2013
MOVED BY COUNCILLOR J. FARR
James Street North Road Closure for Art Crawl – Annually from May to November Whereas safety is the primary concern on City streets; and,
Whereas the numbers of people at the monthly Art Crawl event continues to increase due to its popularity and is often attended by many thousands; and,
Whereas the monthly Art Crawls are generic in nature, with no organizer or organizing committee.
Therefore Be It Resolved:
That the appropriate staff report back to the General Issues Committee on the feasibility of closing James Street North, between King William Street and Barton Street, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the second Friday of Each month between May and November for the Art Crawl event(s).
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