By Kathryn A. DeFillippo
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives — how we work, how we maintain our health, how we learn, how we socialize and recreate, how we spend money, how we do business, and how we get around. With the virus suddenly making indoor activities a lot riskier, people have taken to the streets — literally. Outdoor seating, dining, sidewalk sales, and more have popped up in towns and cities across the state. The concept of ‘complete streets’ that meet the needs of everyone is no longer an academic planning vision but rather a Main Street reality.
Here in North Jersey we’ve seen towns quickly transform and use sidewalks and streets in creative ways as never seen before. Car use has been restricted to create more street space for walking, bicycling and outdoor dining. These changes help people get around while maintaining social distancing;