This is the second year for Open Streets 704. The event coming up on Sunday, May 7, 2017 will be the third event in this series.
Yes, it serious, mindful, well-planned effort to shut down specific streets to car traffic – ‘move the cars and and see what happens’, Lucchesi notes – but, it’s more so an effort to open the streets to people. The effort has gained momentum from version 1.0 to version 3.0 in a relatively short time. Lucchesi recounts how the conversations about Open Streets 704 have shifted from trying to explain the general concept to now answering questions for Charlotteans who want to bring the movement to their respective neighborhood.
“Open Streets has been refreshing because its local government, private businesses, volunteer groups, volunteers getting together to pull something off,” he shares. “No one specific entity or group owns it which means we can make decisions for the betterment of the community.”
As much as roads are there to connect, they can cut off, he adds. Roads built for connectivity, can also divide – neighborhoods, communities, people.
This year’s Open Streets 704 will open the streets starting in Plaza Midwood and stretching into East Charlotte – and, at the same time, bring about a bigger, better, more global view of how we connect.
“Open Streets has the power to bring people together, he notes. “That’s a good thing with a lasting impact.”