Downtown Grand Rapids along Grand River is a popular scenic area for tourists and locals. The area has heavy foot traffic because of tourists sites and locals favorites, such as museums, hotels, university buildings, restaurants, and parks. Closing the area along Grand River to cars except essential vehicles (fire trucks and ambulances) during daytime would promote tourism as well as walking, biking and busing in Grand Rapids. Also providing people movers or Autonomous shuttles within the area would help people with mobility difficulties and transport large crowds at special events. Grand Rapids has already successfully established several large crowd-drawing events, such as ArtPrice and beer festivals. Establishing a permanent car free zone would provide a safer and more attractive location for many street-friendly activities, such as outdoor concerts, river tours, water taxis, and etc. In addition, the recent GR Forward River Restoration study provides a linear plan along the Grand River. My idea would supplement the linear study with area approach which considers rerouting traffic and managing walking and biking for the entire area. Without an area wide planning, the accessibility to the river front would be problematic and less impactful. There are many successful examples all over the world, especially in Europe and Asia (some cases can be seen here http://ec.europa.eu/environment/pubs/pdf/streets_people.pdf and https://www.businessinsider.com/cities-going-car-free-2017-2). The US cases include Time Square, Riverwalk in San Antonio, and Michigan's homegrown Mackinac Island.