Don’t Reverse the Progress Made by ‘Pandemic Streets’ – Outdoor dining and ‘slow streets’ should live on

16 December 2021

Here’s one pandemic change that should become a permanent fixture in the urban landscape: Let’s keep the “slow streets,” parklets, temporary bike lanes and outdoor dining areas that have sprung up in cities across the country, rather than return every inch of asphalt to motor vehicles.

One of the bright spots of the last year has been cities’ willingness to swiftly transform the public realm into open-air spaces that can be used by people to safely gather, exercise and dine with social distancing.


The LA Times Editorial Board


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