I have been following the various letters on the redevelopment of Market Square.
It is nice that Leigh Cooney can walk to the core in 9 minutes and has the mobility to do so. There are many people who cannot and need the buses to stop at city hall so that they can visit the businesses without having to walk too far, especially in winter when walking becomes very difficult.
I also take exception to the idea of people being able to sip coffee in the downtown core in areas not in front of a restaurant as one person has suggested.
The downtown area is really cluttered right now with the proliferation of A-frame signs and outdoor tables and chairs which makes it difficult to negotiate some of the sidewalks. Adding more tables and chairs will only increase the difficulty in getting around, especially if one needs a walker or wheelchair.
One must remember that this is Stratford and winter is a fact of life. I doubt many people would like to sit and sip coffee in the downtown core in the middle of winter.
Also, people who work Monday to Friday will not be able to participate in this activity as they will be at their jobs. This means that seniors, people with disabilities, people who rely on public transit will be greatly inconvenienced for an activity in which only a few can participate during the short summer season.
Market Square has been working well for many years. If people want to dress it up, add a couple of pergolas and some more planter boxes and repave the street.
Activities usually take place on the weekends and mostly during the short summer season. The area can be closed off while the activity is taking place.
The clever stage and props people at the Festival Theatre could be asked to come up with props that can easily be erected and dismantled (for ease of storage) for events. I have seen some of the work they have done and it is truly amazing.