Outdoor Dining

Al Fresco Streets

Outdoor Dining: Too Popular to Abandon

Some cities that took the almost unprecedented step to loosen restrictions on outdoor dining in the early days of the pandemic are deciding to make their new outdoor dining rules permanent.

January 19, 2022 - James Brasuell

Ocean Drive Open Streets

Miami Beach to Reopen Ocean Drive to Cars

The famous cruising strip was off-limits to cars during the pandemic. Now, the city is letting vehicles return with some pedestrian-oriented compromises.

January 14, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

San Francisco Parklet

How the Pandemic Is Reshaping Cities

The social and economic upheaval of the last two years accelerated a shift in thinking about how we use public space and organize the urban realm.

January 4, 2022 - Wired

14th Street Busway New York City

How New York City's Appearance Changed Under de Blasio

The former mayor's administration oversaw several major changes in the city's skyline, streets, and public spaces.

January 4, 2022 - The City

Al Fresco Streets

Opinion: Keep Outdoor Dining Without Thwarting Creativity

While New York City's effort to make its outdoor dining program permanent is a welcome reimagining of public space, some worry that regulations will reduce design diversity and increase costs for small restauranteurs.

December 29, 2021 - Curbed

Outdoor cafes in Old Town, San Diego

San Diego Approves Permanent Outdoor Dining

The city's new regulations pave the way for making the pandemic experiment a permanent fixture.

November 1, 2021 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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

San Francisco Parklet

San Francisco Supervisors Vote to Keep Parklets, Close Them at Night

The pandemic-era outdoor seating arrangements can stay, but a last-minute amendment lets business owners close them overnight.

July 21, 2021 - San Francisco Chronicle

LA Al Fresco Informational Graphic

Los Angeles Extends Outdoor Dining Program for Up to Three Years

An emergency ordinance signed by the city's mayor will allow restaurants to keep outdoor dining facilities built during the pandemic for at least one more year.

July 8, 2021 - Eater Los Angeles

Al Fresco Streets

'Open Streets' Have an Accessibility Problem

The rush to utilize sidewalk space for outdoor seating and parklets has created new obstacles for people with disabilities.

July 2, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

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New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Case Study posted on HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

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