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Covid Be Damned, 9th Square Flourishes

September 3, 2020

by  | Sep 1, 2020

Retail apocalypse? What retail apocalypse?

As commercial storefronts across the city and country struggle to stay open during the pandemic-induced economic crisis, a newly opened “Orange Street Promenade” showed off a Ninth Square in full bloom.

Over two dozen city officials, neighborhood business owners, and downtown economic development boosters held a celebratory press conference Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Orange Street and Center Street.

The group stood not on the sidewalk, but in the middle of the street, which for the past three weeks has been closed to car traffic and reserved for pedestrian access only. (continue)

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