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Main Street Redesign

A modified International Symbol of Access. (Wikipedia)

Downtown: Concord looks to adopt forward-leaning, forward-thinking logo

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Construction is already under way to redesign nine blocks of Concord’s Main Street. Next up: redesigning the familiar blue-and-white wheelchair icon. The Accessible Icon Project began in 2010 in Cambridge, Mass., as a guerilla art campaign. Two artists placed stickers on top of existing parking signs, giving the International Symbol of Access a new look. Instead of the passive upright figure that is well-known across the world, the wheelchair user depicted on the signs was a person leaning forward in motion. “The objective was to present a symbol that indicated a sense of active participation and energy and contribution on the part of people who …

Without tax credits, no new fountain on Main Street

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A proposal to build a fountain on Concord’s city plaza has dried up, as the Community Development Finance Authority has denied an application for $200,000 in tax credits to pay for its construction. The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce applied for $200,000 in tax credits to build the fountain as part of the ongoing Main Street project. The board at the Community Development …

Downtown: Concord’s skyline glowing with pride

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To celebrate the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, the face of the White House was lit with rainbow lights. The tops of the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center in New York City glowed in similar colors. A massive bridge in Minnesota and …

Old hydrant discovered during Main Street construction prompted water shutoff downtown

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Some downtown businesses were without water for about five hours Tuesday morning due to another mishap in construction on the Main Street project. This time, however, the culprit wasn’t a broken water main that flooded the street. As …

Public opinion split on Main Street fountain

Monday, July 13, 2015

They told the Concord City Council to be brave, but that request didn’t mean the same to everyone. Fifteen people spoke at Monday’s public hearing about a proposed fountain on the city plaza in front of the State House, and five additional people submitted letters to the council …

Downtown: Concord chamber, legislators still push to open State House on Saturdays

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A proposal to open the State House on Saturdays failed in the Legislature last month, but Concord leaders haven’t given up on what they say would be a boost to local tourism. New Hampshire currently opens its statehouse …

North Main Street construction on track to wrap up in November

Saturday, July 11, 2015

With about a quarter of the Main Street project completed, the downtown construction is on schedule and on budget. Snags so far – a water main break in April and a late delivery of granite pavers for the …

Downtown: Many merchants performed better during earlier Market Days

Sunday, July 5, 2015

For Gretchen Peters at Puppy Love Hot Dogs, Market Days is Christmas. Intown Concord’s annual street festival is her biggest weekend of the year, and this summer, the holiday was extra festive. “I had one of my busiest …

CONCORD: Pieces put in place

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Trees. Benches. Lampposts. These amenities began to appear on North Main Street last week as part of the ongoing downtown redesign. “This is kind of giving us a flavor of what it’s going to look like,” project spokesman …

Downtown: A room with a view

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ellis Robinson peered at the excavator two stories below on Concord’s Main Street. The driver swept the equipment’s long arm across the gravel, navigating the heavy machinery with ease. “An artist,” Robinson said. Robinson and her husband, Dick …

Downtown stalwarts eye construction with apprehension, hope

Sunday, May 10, 2015

When Jane Valliere left for college, she never thought she would come back to Concord. Last month, however, she celebrated the 31st anniversary of her restaurant Hermanos, just a block off Concord’s Main Street. She’ll proudly tell you …

Structure of old Eagle Hotel could prohibit new accessible entrances for three businesses

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Due to a snag in construction on the Main Street project, Concord could nix three of 18 newly accessible entrances promised in the design. As crews rebuild the downtown sidewalks, the city has promised it will also eliminate the single or double step at the front door of …

Concord City Council gets iPads as city hall goes paperless

Sunday, April 26, 2015

City Clerk Janice Bonenfant’s granddaughter uses an iPad in her Concord classroom. She’s in first grade. Now, the Concord City Council is joining the ranks of such tech-saavy students. All 15 members and a handful of city staffers have brand-new iPads. It’s one step closer to Bonenfant’s ultimate …

‘We are here’: Main Street businesses brace for construction

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

When construction began outside the Gyro House earlier this spring, owner Theodora Hinxhia’s daughter told her mom to stop writing her a paycheck for the hours she puts in at the Concord restaurant. “She said, ‘Mom, don’t pay …

Last-minute plans could spring fountains on Main Street

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two city councilors, developer Steve Duprey and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce are leading a push to add fountains back into the Main Street project. At last week’s Concord City Council meeting, Jan McClure of Ward 3 …