Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #321
ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Oct 7, 2019 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department, the Harvard Square Business Association and the Harvard Square Neighborhood Association to determine the feasibility of closing some portion of Harvard Square to vehicular traffic on a select number of days during the summer of 2020 to have open market-style events.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Quinton Zondervan
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Three times per summer, the City of Boston hosts “Open Newbury”, an open market-style event where Newbury Street is closed to vehicular traffic and businesses, restaurants, and visitors can use the entire street without the interference of traffic; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Now finishing its second summer, Open Newbury is a popular event that draws thousands of visitors to Newbury Street and dramatically increases traffic to local businesses; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Harvard Square is a business district has a street layout with the potential to be a pedestrian-only area at designated times, and is already a popular tourist destination; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Choosing a handful of dates in the summer of 2020 to close some portion of Harvard Square as a pilot program to traffic and make it pedestrian-only would increase the number of visitors to Harvard Square, increase traffic to local businesses, and allow Harvard Square to compete on a level with Newbury St and other business districts that host open market-style events; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department, the Harvard Square Business Association and the Harvard Square Neighborhood Association to determine the feasibility of closing some portion of Harvard Square to vehicular traffic on a select number of days during the summer of 2020; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager report back to the City Council in a timely manner.

 

Meeting History

Oct 7, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

BY AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF NINE MEMBERS

Mallon, Devereux and Zondervan in support.

Amended to add Zondervan as sponsor

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Jan Devereux, Craig A. Kelley, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan