Comment 78910

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted June 26, 2012 at 06:30:28

I think the point of Open Streets is precisely that it is not a festival. It is simply a chance to experience the streets in a different way (which may feel festive). At least that was the impression I got from the planning around Open Streets, and that is how these car-free days work in other cities.

I had the opposite impression at the first Open Streets a few years ago: people were trying to turn it into some sort of organized festival, with booths and various performances, rather than just letting people walk around without being "entertained".

We've already got lots nice street festivals (including Art Crawls and Super Crawls on James N and the Locke St festival) in Hamilton...we should try to let open streets be un-burdened by the usual festival paraphernalia. Maybe if it was more than once a year, even every Sunday like other car-free streets initiatives, it would work better.

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