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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Ped mall variations
Flagpole's "Athens Rising" columnist, Kevan Williams, explores the oft-discussed downtown pedestrian mall concept, pointing out that such a pedestrian space need not be linear or limited to "College Square."
He says, "These pedestrian plazas ought to be little gems in the city...We’ll never know how this thing would work until we try it, but trying it out doesn’t require a multi-million dollar streetscaping project. This spring, the city could put out some traffic barricades, roll out the AstroTurf, and take back the street for a week to see what happens."