'Pop-Up' Cafes Heading to New York City

The City of New York has announced plans to allow restaurants to edge into the street to use parking spots for outdoor seating and patios.
November 11, 2010, 1pm PST | Nate Berg
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These "pop-up" cafes will be part of a two-year pilot program and up to 12 of them could begin to be installed in 2011.

"Participating restaurants will have to hire an architect to design the spaces, but the DOT will help with safety measures in the roadway.

Considering how incensed New York drivers can get when their parking spaces are tampered with, this is pretty radical stuff. But this is a DOT that has calmly and steadily moved forward to reclaim space for pedestrians from automobiles, no matter how loud the shouting."

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Published on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 in Grist
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