The City of Charlotte should test a car-ban by making 1 of these 7 streets car-free

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Let’s get serious in our thinking on transportation and walkability. Enough pointless political chit chat — it’s time to make something happen.

People want this. I’m just not sure our politicians have the backbone or the imagination to make it happen.

My proposal is simple: Shut down one of these streets for a week during the summer and test measurable objectives: neighbor response, business sales on street, number of people that utilized street, etc. You get it. Simple.

Which streets?

Here are the top seven streets for a car-ban test. We should choose one of these and shut it down.

(1) Camden Road

Neighborhood: South End. Home of Price’s Chicken Coop.

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(2) Tryon Street

Neighborhood: Uptown. Home of Uptown Duckworth’s.

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(3) Central Avenue

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood. Home of new Pizza Peel.

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(4) Elizabeth Avenue

Neighborhood: Elizabeth. Home of Earl’s Grocery.

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(5) Montford Drive

Neighborhood: Montford. Home of Angry Ale’s.

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(6) North Davidson Street

Neighborhood: NoDa. Home of Cabo Fish Taco.

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(7) East Boulevard

Neighborhood: Dilworth. Home of JJ’s Red Hots.

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Vote: Which street should run a week long car-ban?

All maps via Google Maps, which is pretty obvious, 🙂

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