What Do You Think Is Most Important to Centre/South Street Redesign?

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Businesses are being asked to offer their opinions on what they'd want to see if Centre/South Street were redesigned.

The Boston Cyclists Union and JP Centre/South Main Streets are conducting a survey of businesses in the district, and will be sharing the survey's results with the Boston Transportation Department.

The city's plans for the Centre/South redesign are on hold, but are expected to restart soon, according to the JPCSMS newsletter. It is part of the already completed redesign of Jackson Square and Hyde Square. The city has allocated more than $700,000 for the design alone, which would go from Hyde Square down Centre and South streets to the Arborway, said Ginger Brown, director of JPCSMS.

The survey asks business owners to rank seven options on what they feel is most important in a redesign: increased pedestrian/sidewalk space; improved bike infrastructure and bike parking; improved bus service; improved streetscape (like benches, lighting, greenery, public art); better signage for the business district; and increased parking for cars.

The survey also asks business owners how many employees they have, and how do employees get to work, how many employees depend upon street parking, should there be parking meters so there is more turnover for parking spots, and would they support a street redesign that improve bus/bike/pedestrian safety and potential customer traffic, but reduced on-street parking.

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