This summer they are planning to tear up College Avenue and turn it into a "promenade" with a one-way street and big wide sidewalks. We already have an outdoor stage, our local theater, and lots of bars and restaurants. We have lots of festivals and things there so it probably makes sense.
In anticipation of the destruction (!) they invited the kids to come down and "Paint College Avenue"! It was a great experience and the kids spent over an hour and a half puttering, meeting up with friends, art teachers, etc. The weather was perfect and it made us really appreciate where we live!!!