I realize this is one of the nuttier ideas I’ve been hawking here on the blog, but I want to make the point again that if people are really worried about hockey arena traffic on Hamilton Street in Allentown, there is a surefire solution that is 100% guaranteed to work:
Close Hamilton Street to car traffic.
Between 10th Street and 6th Street, where it becomes a narrow one-way street, Hamitlon would become a Bus Only street.
People could still cross Hamilton with their cars, but they wouldn’t be able to turn onto Hamilton between those blocks. The city could then widen the sidewalks by filling in the parking spaces cut out of the sidewalks. It’s a guaranteed way to make sure the arena creates a lot of foot traffic for nearby businesses.