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Reader says Ridgewood’s CBD has become the largest open air food court in Bergen County

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Ridgewood’s CBD has become the largest open air food court in Bergen County. We should embrace that and close Ridgewood Ave between Broad and Maple and make it a walking mall like Washington Street in Cape May, Main Street Charlottesville, Pearl Street Boulder, 4th Street Louisville, the list goes on. Sure NJ Transit bus people may complain, but fix that with a one-way (west obviously) Dayton Street. Changes like this would drive improvements on Franklin (while simplifying the intersections at Chestnut, Oak, Walnut and Cottage Place). It would push parking (or at least parking access) to the perimeter of that space and allow for a real walking village with diverse shops and restaurants to flourish. It would also make The Greek’s planters a non-issue! Who’s with me?

7 thoughts on “Reader says Ridgewood’s CBD has become the largest open air food court in Bergen County

  1. I totally agree!

  2. Sure…we’ll call it “parking slowing” and explain that Ridgewood is ahead of the curve in calling for the extinction of the passenger automobile.

  3. I am all for testing this idea for a couple of weekends. It may work.

  4. Wait until the stores see that they have to figure out that rear store truck or hand trucking in merchandise into storefronts from a block away where deliveries trucks idling on side streets are not so easy to manage during daytime hours,

  5. Love the idea.

  6. yeah, yeah, and then we can add bike lanes and free range solar panels… it will be nirvana….

  7. Free ice cream for everybody 24 x7….oh sorry RIDGEWOOD avenue is the main avenue of the whole village butted into a massive train track.

    Impossible to close.safety Ambulance emergency and car truck volume day and night would not permit it.

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