Canal Street in Boston’s West End will go car-free for one day this summer

Canal Street and Causeway Street in Boston’s West End.
Canal Street and Causeway Street in Boston’s West End. –Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe

Following the success of the inaugural “Open Newbury Street” event last year, city officials announced Friday plans to close off Canal Street to vehicles for one day this summer, giving pedestrians the opportunity to walk freely about the neighborhood with no cars in sight.

On July 8, “Open Canal Street” will turn two blocks of the West End into an inviting space for people looking to explore an area of the city they typically might not visit — unless there is a game or concert happening at nearby TD Garden.

“I’m excited for businesses, residents and visitors to come together to celebrate and enjoy this pedestrian-focused event,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement this week.

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