Strays rule Dartmouth Street in a 10-day experiment

The city launched a pedestrian-friendly experiment on Tuesday, closing Dartmouth Street between Copley Square for 10 days.

“Opening Dartmouth Street to pedestrians will unify and complement planned initiatives and investments in Copley Square Park and the Public Library Plaza,” the city’s planning authority said in a press release.

The street is open to pedestrians and closed to cars daily from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. until June 17. Dubbed “Connect Copley,” the pilot is part of the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s effort to study the future use of Dartmouth Street between Boylston Street and St. James Avenue.

Visitors can expect food trucks, library programming and special events throughout the week, including a Donna Summer Disco Party next Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m.

Additional activities include Family Zumba, Sunday, June 12 at 3:30pm; a June 16 chalk art event on Friday, June 17 at 3:30 p.m.; and a farmers’ market on June 10, 14, and 17 at 10 am

(060722 Boston, MA): Courtney Goode, landscape studio Goode, and Gavin Zeitz, professor of landscape architecture at the RI School of Design, move a planter as the city kicks off a 10-day experiment Tuesday, June 7 to to pedestrianize Dartmouth Street, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
(060722 Boston, MA):Kayla Murgo, landscape architect, takes measurements as the city begins a 10-day experiment to convert Dartmouth Street into a pedestrian mall on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in Boston, MA.  (Staff photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
(060722 Boston, MA):Kayla Murgo, landscape architect, takes measurements as the city begins a 10-day experiment to convert Dartmouth Street into a pedestrian mall on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
(060722 Boston, MA): Kayla Murgo, landscape designer, and Gavin Zeitz, landscape arch professor at the RI School of Design, take measurements as the city begins a 10-day experiment on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 to improve the Dartmouth Pedestrian Street Boston, MA.  (Staff photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
(060722 Boston, MA): Kayla Murgo, landscape designer, and Gavin Zeitz, landscape arch professor at the RI School of Design, take measurements as the city begins a 10-day experiment on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 to improve the Dartmouth Pedestrian Street Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
(060722 Boston, MA): The streets under construction as the city begins a 10-day experiment to convert Dartmouth Street into a pedestrian mall on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in Boston, MA.  (Staff photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
(060722 Boston, MA): The streets under construction as the city begins a 10-day experiment to convert Dartmouth Street into a pedestrian mall on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in Boston, MA. (Staff photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
(060722 Boston, MA): Alex Gonzalez and Denzel Amoah, landscape architects, paint an arch on the sidewalk as the city begins a 10-day experiment to redesign Dartmouth Street in Boston on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in Boston, MA to turn into a pedestrian zone.  (Staff photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
(060722 Boston, MA): Alex Gonzalez and Denzel Amoah, landscape architects, paint an arch on the sidewalk as the city begins a 10-day experiment to redesign Dartmouth Street in Boston on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in Boston, MA to turn into a pedestrian zone. (Staff photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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