The first St. Paul edition of Open Streets kicked off on Sunday, September 15. University Avenue from Hamline Avenue to Marion Street was closed for all motor vehicles from 11 AM until 6 PM to promote healthier and eco-friendlier means of transportation. The event, which was organized as a fair, suffered the inevitable consequences of cloudy, cold and windy weather, which seemed to deter some families from enjoying a walk or a bicycle ride through the avenue.
Despite that, the people who dared to visit University Avenue had the chance to approach a diversity of commercial, organizational and non-profit stands and activities, among which stood out concerts and those activities focused on children. Also, the event has been used as a forum for Midway neighborhood-related reflections and initiatives.
Stands started closing before the scheduled hour, around 4 PM. Those neighbours of Twin Cities who were not able to attend Saint Paul’s Open Streets or would like to live again this experience, will have the possibility to walk freely down Lowry Ave. N on Saturday, September 21 in Minneapolis.
This is one of a number of articles produced by student interns at the TC Daily Planet.
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Correction: Date was Sunday, September 15.