Walking boosts local business

People always say that you need parking downtown to boost retail.

Maybe not.

An article in TODnews.com tells us that a study done in New York City shows that making an area more pedestrian friendly actually dramatically boosted retail sales.

“A study by the New York City Department of Transportation showed that making a neighborhood more attractive for walking by turning an underused parking area into a pedestrian plaza helped increase retail sales at nearby small businesses by 179%.”

Something to keep in mind as we talk about ways to make downtown Cortland a more vibrant destination.

Jan

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