Al Fresco Streets

Chelsea Square Restaurant in Chelsea in in New York

Arlington County to Explore Permanent Outdoor Dining Options

As emergency ordinances passed during the pandemic are set to expire, county officials will consider making some pandemic dining accommodations permanent.

September 23, 2021 - Arl Now

New York City Open Streets

The Next Mayor Will Have to Decide in New York's Post-Pandemic Parking Conflicts

The ongoing political controversy about the priorities of the public realm in New York City is likely to last into the next mayoral administration.

June 8, 2021 - The New York Times

Al Fresco Streets

Outdoor Dining Debate Heats Up as New York City Opens Up

A study, a debate, and an awards show—all included in the wild west politics of parking in the Big Apple.

June 4, 2021 - New York Post

Open Streets

CicLAvia Helping Restaurants Keep Outdoor Dining

CicLAvia is working with the city to make its "al fresco dining" program permanent.

May 27, 2021 - LAist

New York City Restaurant

Car-Free Streets Benefit Restaurants, Yelp Survey Shows

Restaurants in areas designated as "slow streets" during the pandemic saw a boost in consumer interest.

May 21, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

San Carlos, California

Pandemic Street to Outlast Pandemic in California (By 2.5 Months)

Gov. Newsom's unexpected announcement that the pandemic would end on June 15 led one city to consider reopening its al fresco street and parklets to motor vehicles. After hearing from the public, the city council sided with diners over drivers.

April 29, 2021 - San Mateo Daily Journal

7th Street, NW, Washington D.C.

Many Mayors Don't Expect Public Realm Changes to Stick, Survey Says

A third of mayors surveyed said that despite increased outdoor activity, many of the changes made in the public realm during the pandemic won't be a part of a new normal.

April 5, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive

Coronavirus and Transportation

How to Maintain Open Streets After the Pandemic

With more people getting back in their cars, can pedestrian-oriented open streets survive?

March 29, 2021 - Politico

New York City Open Streets

Did the Pandemic End the Car's Domination of New York Streets?

Imagining a post-car (or car-lite) New York City.

March 3, 2021 - Slate

Miner Street Al Fresco

The Post-Pandemic Street

From designing streets to designing process.

December 22, 2020 - David Vega-Barachowitz

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