Boulder removing pay phones from Pearl Street Mall

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BOULDER, Colo. — Four relics of the era before cell phones will be removed from the Pearl Street Mall later this month.

The Daily Camera reports the city plans to remove the four remaining pay phones on the mall citing lack of use.

“They aren’t really useful anymore,” Molly Winter, director of Downtown and University Hill Management and Parking Services for the city, told the Camera. “We had a lot of them taken out a while ago and it’s primarily because everyone now has cell phones.”

Winter said the city contracts with a company to have the phones on the mall. No specific removal date has been set, but the city hopes to have them gone before new touch-screen kiosks are installed in the western end of the walking mall.

The kiosks will feature real-time maps of the mall as well as information from the city and the convention and visitors bureau.