There has been recent discussion about closing lower Main Street from traffic this coming summer. When I heard about it I thought it was a great idea. If the town were to embrace such a plan, then restaurants would have additional sidewalk space to enable customers to eat outside, which, many of us think, is safer than going into an indoor space to eat.
When the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, we will all be the poorer if we lose many of our beloved longstanding downtown restaurants. Outside seating will help these mostly small, family-operated businesses make it through the many months we have ahead of us until a vaccine is widely available. Pedestrians would have an easier time social distancing if they had the added street area to walk in, adding another safety bonus.
The town can think of some ways to absorb the parking that is currently provided on Main Street downtown. One suggestion is to rent space for public parking use. For example, perhaps the downtown churches would be willing to allow parking in their lots so long as it weren’t during church services on Sundays. The elementary school on Katharine Lee Bates has parking available, and if it’s just for the summer, that should be no problem. The town officials should explore this idea as it may help to save some of our restaurants and other downtown businesses that might not otherwise survive. All of Falmouth will benefit from this.
Debbe L. Carlisle
Clear Pond Road