BOSTON (WHDH) - A pop-up plaza is making its way to Boston.
Copley Connect is a 10-day project to transform Dartmouth Street with food trucks, library programming, performances, and youth and family activities.
“This is a great opportunity to see how a space will work for people rather than cars,” said Ted Schwartzberg of the Boston Planning and Development Agency.
The space will be home live performances, library programs and vendors of all kinds.
“I’m happy with it. I mean that’s why we’re here. Brings people in. All the better,” said Jimmy Walsh from his perch inside the tent for Q’s Nuts.
Watching the closure around the corner on Newbury Street turn into such a success, Boston Public Library President David Leonard said he welcomes this new concept to Dartmouth Street.
“Excited to take the best of what happens on the park side and what happens on our plaza side and make it one unified space,” he said.
Though shutting down the street does come with one concern — traffic. To help mitigate the backups, traffic sensors have been set up across several Back Bay streets.
“It’s a great opportunity in the Back Bay because it’s one of the only neighborhoods in Boston where you have a grid of streets,” said Schwartzberg. “So the nice thing is if this road ends up being closed to cars, you only have to go two blocks in either direction to take you where you’re going.”
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