By John Wiley
We strolled down "Altered" State Street on this foggy feeling Friday, with far less activity than we've seen on KEYT there since the recent traffic closure. Even so we saw happy patrons with sidewalk seating, fresh chalk art, and a few people strolling like us. Nearly all of us wore masks when less than 20' apart.
It was strange and wonderful to walk down the middle! Occasional cyclists and various personal electrical wheeled vehicles zigged and zagged close past us, leading to musings about physical distancing and pedestrian safety. About then we chanced upon this power huddle of city officials and overheard some thoughtful dialog about how emergency vehicles would best integrate with this new mode of downtown. One topic was how a SBFD ladder truck would navigate among the moving and seated people where cars used to reign.