COULD SIDEWALK DINING BE AUTHORIZED IN THE CITY OF ATLANTA?
June 27, 2019, Article by David Pendered of Saporta Report
Sidewalk cafes have become commonplace in urban areas around the country and Atlanta is making plans to allow them. The plan has support from the head of the city’s leading pedestrian group, who views outdoor seating as enlivening streetscapes.
Although sidewalk cafes would reduce pedestrian access to sidewalks, the trade-off is worth it – unlike the trade-off for scooters, which endanger folks who use sidewalks when the scooters are operated by irresponsible riders, Sally Flocks, president and CEO of PEDS, said Thursday.
“Having outdoor cafes is a positive, in terms of having a community feeling and a friendly environment, and having people to smile at when you walk by,” Flocks said.