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Car-free street fair planned April 7

Posted March 25, 2019

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Do you want to roll or do you want to stroll? Take your pick or do both during Open Streets.

Enjoy family-friendly, car-free streets in the Near Southside during Open Streets, a temporary urban space allowing residents to interact with each other through exercise, entertainment and fun.

Open Streets is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. April 7 on Magnolia Avenue between Eighth Avenue and Hemphill Street. Some parts of the route will be full of activities and vendors, while some will be more relaxed, allowing the gentle enjoyment of a neighborhood not dominated by cars.

More than 100 activity providers will set up along the avenue. Enjoy food vendors, locally-made handicrafts, live music, water stations, a children’s area, fitness classes and more. Dogs are welcome.

Choose to spend your time in the Roll Zone — an entire lane dedicated to rolling fun on bikes, boards, skates and scooters — or the Stroll Zone — community partners providing free, family-friendly activities.

Open Streets is a community play day dedicated to neighborly interaction, healthy activity and complete-streets awareness.

The Open Streets concept originated in Bogotá, Colombia, where 1.5 million people participate weekly on 70 miles of streets closed to vehicular traffic. U.S. cities that have successfully held events include El Paso, Portland, New York City, Kansas City and Cleveland.

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