Pedestrian streets: not a panacea

Pedestrianization of streets is not a one-size-fits-all response to the pandemic, some streets thriving better than others with the change. Maybe they need more clowns.

I rarely link Bill Brownstein, but it’s typical that in this otherwise decent piece on a longtime downtown bartender quitting after 39 years because business has dried up, that he has to drag in the shortage of parking as a key problem. People are not going downtown to drink because they can’t park, they’re not going downtown to drink because they know it’s risky. Like people found plenty of parking along Ste‑Catherine Street in the before times, you know? Anyway, people shouldn’t drink and drive, so that should be moot.