City officials are seeking opinions from residents about ways to make the downtown more welcoming and accessible.

Over the past several months, the North Adams Office of Community Development and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition have been working with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and local stakeholders to develop plans for improving pedestrian and bicycle connections between neighborhoods and the downtown area. The groups, funded through a $75,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development's Urban Agenda program, are collaborating to make the corridors leading to downtown more fun and easy to use by car, bike and foot.

To gather reactions and opinions from city residents, officials will hold an open house-style event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in the St. Anthony's Drive parking lot. Conceptual drawings and other visuals will be set up at tables and easels to convey some of the ideas being presented.

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