Last Friday's Hospitality Night was an annual reminder of how much better our town would be if lower Forest Avenue was closed to cars and converted to a pedestrian plaza with planters, benches, lighting, and al fresco dining, making it a convivial town center in which to meet and greet friends and visitors. Really, was anyone inconvenienced by the lack of parking on Forest Avenue? Did retailers suffer? To the contrary, I heard that many flourished.
Making Forest Avenue more people-centric is relevant to another major proposal that was brought before the Planning Commission Dec. 5: the possibility of restriping Glenneyre Street, from Thalia Street to Calliope Street, from four lanes to three, creating a dedicated bike lane and increasing traffic flow with several roundabouts at high-traffic intersections. By providing a safe place for bikers to commute, we are making a powerful commitment to alternative, eco-friendly transport for bikers, skateboarders, rollerbladers and pedestrians. And Glenneyre commuters will not suffer in the bargain.