The city kicked off its Open Street initiative with 1.4 mile stretch of Jamaica Plain's Centre Street on Sunday, and it was a smashing success.
The actual event was six hours long from 9 am to 3 pm, but streets were shut down earlier in the morning, and remained closed after the event.
During that six-hour span people played chess, danced in the street, and enjoyed food (ironically) from food trucks from Jackson Square to the Monument.
Let's kick off the fun with a cartwheel down the double yellow line!
— Emily P. Bauernfeind (@emoparker) July 10, 2022
Thousands of people enjoyed a beautiful day along Centre Street.
If you open it. They will come.#OpenStreetsBoston
📍 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain pic.twitter.com/zdr1hZguUa
— Jonathan Berk (@berkie1) July 10, 2022
Here's a street level blading view.
— Heshan de Silva-Weeramuni🗳 (@wheresmyporsche) July 10, 2022
People played chess on the street.
— Gustavo Quiroga (@GooseQ) July 10, 2022
There were a lot of options that aren't normally options when motor vehicles going up and down the street. And people offered recommendations.
✅ Check out the fire truck at the Engine 28 Fire Station
✅ Delicious mocktails at the Curley School
✅ Swings at Perkins St
✅ Hop in a pedi-cab anywhere
Not here yet? What are you waiting for?! pic.twitter.com/Ddh3QoPWgM
— Sarah Anders (@Sarah_G_Anders) July 10, 2022
Despite motor vehicles not being allowed on Centre Street, food trucks were invited to set up shop.
— O3 (@OzonePhD) July 10, 2022
Politicians including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and Mayor Michelle Wu enjoyed an open Centre Street.
— Gordon 🦧 Bedford (@TIEbrarian) July 10, 2022
— Michelle Wu 吳弭 (@wutrain) July 10, 2022
And let's point out that Mayor Wu is sporting a Sorella's t-shirt!
— Kenny Uong (@_KennyUong_) July 10, 2022