BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Should Dartmouth Street be transformed into a dynamic pedestrian plaza? Boston city officials are set to decide on Thursday whether to authorize a consultant to study design changes to Dartmouth Street in front of Boston Public Library to favor a public space for pedestrians in Copley Square.
According to the memorandum sent to the Boston Planning & Development Agency, officials would relook at Dartmouth Street between Boylston Street and St. James Avenue should the proposal be approved. This comes based on the findings from a ten-day pilot period that implemented the change titled "Copley Connect," in June 2022. The memorandum calls for a contracted study that runs for one year with a maximum budget of $100,000 to "identify a preferred concept for the redesign of Dartmouth Street" and other nearby roads.
Those proposing the change to the Boston Redevelopment Authority say residents had positive feedback over the ten-day pilot, with many saying they would be more likely to visit the space more often should changes be made permanent.
Officials in favor of Copley Connect said the new space would allow for an existing bike lane, café seating, outdoor yoga, performances, block parties and more.