City Officials To Vote On Street Redesign In Front Of Boston Public Library

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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.

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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.

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