A Snowy City: Transforming the Urban Landscape

A Snowy City: Transforming the Urban Landscape

Southern New England and Boston are bracing for the first big storm of the season, the snow is just beginning to fall, and many people have been sent home early from work. With 12 inches predicted our town of Brookline has already called a state of emergency — all cars are required to be off the streets by 3pm. We know snow can be a horrible inconvenience but to people like us who live without cars this is actually a pretty delightful sight to see...

Every time there has been a big storm in the city it's amazing to see the transformation that occurs. What typically exists as segregated lanes of pedestrian traffic, parking, and driving becomes one big blanket of white, all boundaries disappearing. It's amazing to remember how much open space the city has when you take all the cars away.

Just a few years ago, when we had a huge 36" storm, Charles Street became a thoroughfare for alternative transportation. Not only were there snow mobiles on the streets of Boston, but there were people cross country skiing, parents pulling children in sleds, and people slipping around on bicycles all in the middle of the street with no cars (or plows) to be seen. What an amazing transformation a city can have with just a little snow.

We hope you all stay safe out there if you are traveling and, if you can, enjoy the beauty!

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