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File #: 15-14579    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Business Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/3/2020 In control: City Council Business Meeting
On agenda: 11/9/2020 Final action:
Title: Conclusion of Tryon Street Pilot Plaza
Attachments: 1. Tryon Street Pilot Plaza - Pilot Phase Final Report
Conclusion of Tryon Street Pilot Plaza

Approve staff recommendation to conclude the Tryon Street Pilot Plaza and reopen Tryon Street between 3rd and 4th Streets effective November 10, 2020.

Staff Resource(s):
Taiwo Jaiyeoba, City Manager's Office

* At the November 2, 2020 Council Strategy Session, staff discussed the conclusion of the Tryon Street Pilot Plaza, feedback from the public, and the plan to reopen the street.
* While the Black Lives Matter mural represents positive community collaboration, several businesses have expressed that the temporary street closure is impacting their operations and revenues.
* At the meeting, Council requested to vote on accepting staff's recommendation to re-open the street on November 9, 2020 or to postpose reopening the street to January 1, 2021.
* In support of the Survive and Thrive Program, staff recommends re-opening the portion of Tryon Street effective November 10, 2020.
* Staff will work with Center City Partners to explore the possibilities of increased programming of the corridor in the future, including occasional closures on certain weekends to pedestrian activities.

* On June 9, 2020, the Black Lives Matter mural was commissioned by the city and installed by local artists on Tryon Street.
* This was in response to racial protests resulting from the death of George Floyd, an African American man, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
* Upon installation, many people began visiting the site, and the block of Tryon Street between 3rd and 4th Streets was subsequently temporarily closed to vehicular traffic on June 12, 2020.
* The temporary closure allowed the city a unique opportunity to create and evaluate a distinctive public space in Uptown.
* In order to evaluate the impact of the plaza, a data collection process was established to understand several qualitative and quantitative components of the street closure.
* The study period for the pilot concluded on Sept...

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