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A modified International Symbol of Access. (Wikipedia)

Concord cannot use modified wheelchair icon on Main Street, feds say

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The federal government has denied Concord’s request to use a modified version of the blue-and-white wheelchair icon on Main Street. 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 to give the International Symbol of Access a new look. Instead of the passive upright figure, the wheelchair user depicted on the signs was a person leaning forward in motion. The symbol has been described as more empowering and more welcoming for people with disabilities. In five years, that modified icon has legitimized and spread to cities such as Cleveland, …

Downtown: Liberty Utilities could demolish historic gasholder

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Liberty Utilities is weighing whether to repair or demolish a historic gasholder building in Concord’s South End. During summer 2013, the iconic building off South Main Street sustained tree damage to its roof during a storm. Liberty Utilities spokesman John Shore said the company made temporary repairs in fall 2014, but those stopgap …

Concord City Council agrees to buy historic Abbot-Downing wagon

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Concord City Council voted Monday night to buy a historic Abbot-Downing wagon for $75,000. The Abbot-Downing Historical Society is raising money to buy seven historic vehicles made in Concord by the 19th-century company. The total price tag is $175,000; the group has raised at least $60,000 so far. But without help, its members told the city the vehicles would be sold to …

Downtown: State will begin renovation of State House dome

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The gold dome atop the New Hampshire State House will finally get a long-awaited shine. The delicate process of rebuilding and regilding the capitol building in Concord began this past weekend. Next year, the dingy dome will have …

Second lighting demo to take place on Concord’s Main Street

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A second demonstration of the options for new sidewalk lights on North Main Street will take place Wednesday evening at dusk. Main Street project officials will be testing the lights across from the State House arch around 7:45 p.m. The first demonstration was Tuesday night at the same …

Downtown: Professionals get a first look at Work Nest

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Contemporary art on the walls. A pinball machine. Bright windows with a view of the South End neighborhood. High bar stools and a comfortable couch. This is Work Nest, and it might be Carolyn Mallon’s new office. “I’ve …

Downtown: Burgers and ice cream go gourmet

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A new gourmet burger restaurant and gelato shop will open on South Main Street. Jim and Jeannette Zaza will open Relish America Gourmet Burgers and Buza Dairy Bar in mid-September in the vacant side of 27 S. Main St., where Gibson’s Bookstore used to operate. The burger side …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …