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Movie Explores Underpass Option for Belmont Bridge

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A 20-minute YouTube movie includes a fly-through to give viewers a feel for what it would be like to drive, walk, or bike the underpass from Belmont to downtown. "Decision Belmont - Over or Under?" focuses on the underpass option City Council is considering for the Belmont Bridge.

Amoeba Film's Brian Wimer interviewed the bridge's business neighbors, people who live in Belmont, and the architects who created the design for the underpass. Wimer believes the city is too focused on building another bridge. He hopes the short documentary allows people to envision a new way to create a long-term connection between Belmont and the downtown mall.

“I hope that people will see the underpass for what it is, which is an enormous opportunity. This opportunity won't happen for another 100 years,” said Wimer. “You have a bridge span that's been dividing neighborhoods for decades and this is an opportunity to rethink that whole area from a contemporary standpoint.”

Wimer hopes his film gets people talking about the underpass option ahead of City Council's public hearing on the Belmont project next month. An underpass is one of three options before City Council after that public hearing on June 16.

To watch "Decision Belmont,” click here.

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