Many great communities have pedestrian streets (also known as pedestrian plazas or pedestrian malls). A pedestrian street is car-free, serves as a meeting place (both spontaneous and planned), and provides space for commerce, music, art, and other community activities. These places are essential for livability.
Pedestrian plazas help create a 'sense of place' in a community.
In this picture the plaza serves as a flea market and gathering space on a weekend morning. Many cities have plazas that serve the function of a farmers market- sometimes every morning of the week.
The pedestrian mall in Burlington, Vermont (Church Street).
A very skinny pedestrian street in Ketchikan, Alaska (Creek Street).
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MIST paper: 'The Revival of the Pedestrian Mall: Successful Models for Missoula, Montana'
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