Opinion: A pedestrian-only Witherspoon Street allows for community building

Northbound of Witherspoon Street in Princeton features curbside pickup and outdoor dining designations on June 23.

In light of the unprecedented events of 2020, there is a renewed interest in reconsidering how lives are lived and how we commune as a people and a community.

Creating a pedestrian-only thoroughfare on Witherspoon Street would allow for stronger community building as public places allow for that to happen. Meals are more enjoyable without car exhaust and letting go of car-centric planning in our charming and historic town is in line with Princeton’s climate action plan. Moreover, the ability to walk, shop, dine and commune will distinguish Princeton’s central business district from other town centers and attract more visitors, which is good for business.

Monica Neufang