The Hudson Shared Summer Streets proposal is going to become a reality next weekend.
Hudson is joining cities around the world, big and small, in experimenting with its streets. These changes, usually take months and years of careful planning. We have done this in a matter of weeks.
Here are four key parts of the Shared Summer Streets plan:
1 Monday to Thursday, Warren Street will be normal. During the week, Warren Street will be open to two-way thru traffic, and normal parking rules apply to spaces not occupied by a business or community group.
2 Friday to Sunday, Warren Street will be a Shared Street between 7th and Front. This means it will be open to pedestrians, and local traffic only at a 5mph speed limit. Drivers will still be able to access any address on these streets to park, make deliveries or pick ups.
Businesses are encouraged to arrange deliveries in the early mornings or through the alleys during these times. Public transportation will continue on their regular schedule at 5mph.
3 Warren Street businesses can occupy the sidewalks and adjoining on-street parking spaces by completing a permit through the City.
4 Any Hudson business or organization can apply for a space and Warren Street property owners or 1st floor businesses can grant their spaces to non-Warren Street entities. . . .
This pilot is a collaboration between the City of Hudson, Hudson Hall, and FUTURE HUDSON, with financial support from Columbia Economic Development Corporation [CEDC] and The Spark of Hudson, and technical support by Design for Six Feet.Yesterday, representatives of the Shared Summer Streets initiative--Sage Carter of Hudson Hall, Kaja Kühl of Design for Six Feet, and Peter Spear of Hudson Future--made a proposal for a grant from the Tourism Board for funding for infrastructure and marketing. Although the general sentiment was that supporting Shared Streets was "the best thing the Tourism Board can do for Hudson right now," the group balked at providing any money for marketing. Tourism Board member Tamar Adler asserted, "We should be putting all our money into tangible things." Carter argued, "We need to build confidence in our community's ability to handle this, and a lot of that is messaging." The Tourism Board agreed to provide funding for infrastructure--planters, barriers, etc.--but not for marketing. The Tourism Board's decision to grant funds for Hudson Shared Summer Streets must be approved by the Common Council. That is expected to happen at a special meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 23, at 6:00 p.m.
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