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Where Covid’s Car-Free Streets Boosted Business - CityLab

Yelp data shows greater consumer interest at restaurants on pedestrian-friendly “slow streets" that limited vehicle traffic during the pandemic.


At first, the empty city streets of the pandemic were an eerie sign of a world in disorder. But when dozens of cities converted some of them to pedestrian-friendly corridors with restricted vehicle access, they became something else: an example of how readily urban space can be repurposed for mobility and play, and how quickly human activity can surge back when cars are removed.


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