Center Street in Jamaica Plain will be car-free for the “Open Streets” event

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) – Part of Center St. in Jamaica Plain will be pedestrian-only this Sunday, July 10, thanks to a new municipal program called Open streets.

It’s a concept similar to pedestrian-only days on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, allowing shoppers and diners to stroll along the pavement without the horns and din of traffic.

Now that same concept is coming to Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Dorchester throughout the summer.

“It’s been a tough few years and I think people haven’t spent a lot of time with each other, so that’s just one of the many ways the city brings people together.” Boston City Street Chief Jascha Franklin-Hodge said.

Stores along Center Street are gearing up with sidewalk sales and activities for the whole family.

“We took a break because of the pandemic, so we think it’s a good way to get back into the rhythm of doing things where multiple stores, multiple companies are involved at the same time.” Center gift shop manager Courtney told WBZ’s Karyn Regal. “So hopefully it’s kind of back to normal, where we’re doing these community-wide events again.”

Cars must be removed from Center Street, from Jackson Square to South Street, by 1 a.m. Sunday morning. Roads will be blocked with barricades from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WBZ’s Karyn Regal (@KarynRegal) reports

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