I just did a zumba class in the middle of a busy street in downtown Boston. Cars honking, people eating, booties shaking. Wait, what? The Williams Agency, to my delight, took on Circle the City Boston as a client this year, enabling me to learn and help market for Boston’s Open Streets events. Today, we shut down Huntington Avenue from the Prudential Center, 1.5 miles down to Brigham Circle.
The goal was to bring people out into their neighborhood. To foster community. To enable people to walk, bike, dance, and play in the streets of downtown Boston. It is a beautiful event with a thoughtful mission.
Bicyclists rode down the middle of the street without fear for their lives. Small children chalked the middle of the road. Locals came out of the woodwork and walked down the street together, and appreciated the historic and cultural wonder of the Mission Hill, Fenway, South End, and Brigham Circle neighborhoods. Open streets- paved parks– is an amazing concept, for which I thank Mayor Menino for his support. I, along with many passerby that I spoke with, agree that we would like to see more open streets events. However, closing down major roadways like this is consequentially very hard to plan. So, I offer a great thank you to Mayor Menino and ask, more please!
FYI, there’s another open streets event this year, September 29th on Blue Hill Ave!
Below are a few photos I took at the event.
An awesome street display brought by Boston Green Map
Yoga classes being held on the lawn in front of the Museum of Fine Arts by Ombe Yoga
Zumba class held on the street in front of the Prudential Center