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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

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How Planners Can Help the Dallas Food Scene Flourish

Dallas is amidst a process for electing a new City Council, and one local writer sees the transition as an opportunity to present an ambitious agenda for also overhauling the city's local dining scene.

May 12, 2021 - Dallas Observer


Uncertain Futures for U.S. Restaurants Raise Larger Concerns About City Vitality

In many American cities, restaurants are beacons of economic revitalization and social vibrancy. Calculations are still being made to determine the toll taken on the nation's eateries, and in turn, the urban economies they serve.

May 20, 2020 - The New York Times

Fast Food

Chain Restaurants and Cars Go Together. Driving Ruins Local Flavor

City Observatory research shows that urban regions where residents drive less and rely more on other travel modes have more independent restaurants and more varied dining options. Bon appetit for walking, bicycling and public transit.

March 4, 2020 - City Observatory

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7-Eleven Wants To Become Your Neighborhood Restaurant

The world's largest convenience store moves the frozen burrito out of the way in an attempt at becoming a quick-casual restaurant option.

September 26, 2017 - Modern Cities


L.A. Restaurant Charges Based on Neighborhood Income

Meals at a Los Angeles restaurant will priced according to the income of the surrounding neighborhood.

August 15, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

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Survey Says: What Makes a City Great?

The results of a survey commissioned by Sasaki Associates reveal key insights into what makes cities great for those who love them, as well as where planners and urban designers should focus their efforts in improving the urban experience.

July 29, 2014 - ASLA The Dirt

Minneapolis Restaurants Push Back on '70/30' Food-to-Alcohol Rule

All over the country, local craft brews, and the restaurants that serve them, have been drivers of economic development and neighborhood revitalization. But a restrictive law in Minneapolis has prevented the full benefit of the industry.

June 5, 2014 - Minneapolis Post

Brooklyn's Warehouse Roof Garden

This video from Reuters looks at a new rooftop garden in Brooklyn. Covering 6,000 square feet, the flourishing garden provides fresh produce to local restaurants.

August 21, 2009 - Reuters (on-line)

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