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Close streets for pedestrian only traffic

Bring some of Amsterdam to Grand Rapids with retractable pylons, perhaps on Ionia and Monroe.

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I lived in downtown GR for several years. It has energy, more so when events are going on and streets are shut down. Why not make that a mainstay? There would be more pedestrian traffic, which would incite shopping, and more retail in general. It is a shame to see cars driving up Monroe Center, beside Rosa Parks, the GRAM, and other venues that should attract more people to discover and spend time wandering. Additionally, having oudoor heated patios (similiar to Leidseplein) surrounding gathering areas would also attract people all year. Congrats to Founders for having a heated patio...we need it everywhere. 

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Locals, visitors, adults, children, pets, you name it.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

None. Just an idea the needs to happen!

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • No funding is required

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

If interested, the best way would be to go to Amsterdam for 14 days and absorb the ethos. Take notes, bring some of it back.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

1. Tourism statistics. 2. Retail revival, sales/sqft of retail space (no brewery data allowed). 3. Surveys.


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Photo of Chad Gainor

Detroit did this with a downtown park last year. City cores should be parks, non-motorized transit & fixed rail/trolley systems.

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