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Proposal to close Broadway to traffic on weekends gains momentum

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Mayor John Cooper closed a portion of Broadway to traffic to allow more space for social distancing after crowds flocked to Lower Broad in downtown Nashville over Labor Day weekend.

Some Metro Council members said they would like to see Lower Broad closed to traffic every weekend and the idea is starting to gain momentum.

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Labor Day crowds Broadway
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Councilwoman Angie Henderson told News 2 for many years, city leaders have thought Lower Broad is a unique opportunity for people to embrace Nashville’s streets, but a huge effort is needed to pull it off.

Mayor Cooper closed the district between Fourth and Fifth avenues on Sunday due to large crowds on the sidewalks. Councilwoman Henderson said the whole street should be shut down on weekends, even in a post pandemic world, because the more room people have, the safer

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Proposal could close Broadway to traffic on weekends

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Crowds flocked to Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville over Labor Day weekend, which led Mayor John Cooper to close a portion of the road to traffic to allow more space for social distancing.

The city closed Lower Broad between Fourth and Fifth avenues from 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday so pedestrians could spread out while waiting in line to enter reduced capacity restaurants and bars.

The decision came after thousands of people packed Broadway’s bars, restaurants and sidewalks Saturday night, creating the largest crowds Broadway has seen since the pandemic began.

lines on Broadway
(Photo: WKRN)

MORE: City closes portion of Broadway over Labor Day weekend to promote social distancing

Some Metro Council members are in favor of permanently closing Broadway to traffic, but it would take more than just passing a bill at a meeting.

Councilwoman Emily Benedict tweeted that she wrote a proposal a few months ago

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