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The city of Boston shut down Newbury Street to cars on Sunday for an event called Open Newbury Street. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
The city of Boston shut down Newbury Street to cars on Sunday for an event called Open Newbury Street. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

On Sunday, seven blocks along Newbury Street closed down to cars. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., traffic was replaced by pop-up tents, food vendors and games of four square in the streets.

According to Jerome Smith, Mayor Walsh's chief of civic engagement, "open Newbury Street" was a pilot event. The mayor's office has been clear that there is no talk of permanent closure on Newbury Street.

The city of Boston will be talking to businesses between now and Labor Day to see what they thought of the event.

This is not the first example of Boston making its roads more pedestrian-friendly. We talk about what the community thought of the one-day closure and if it should return.

Guests

Sam Goater, senior associate of transportation at the Project for Public Spaces, which tweets @PPS_Placemaking.

Elizabeth Christoforetti, urban and architectural designer and co-founder of the firm Supernormal.

Wendy Landman, executive director of WalkBoston, which tweets @WalkBoston.

This segment aired on August 9, 2016.

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