Sidewalk dining downtown: why has it failed thus far?

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  1. kiffi summa said:

    Griff: Why does this have to go on and on, as if it has never been discussed before?

    The reason people do not take advantage of the outside dining ordinance is that when they get the papers/applications, they say “**** that” and then just don’t even apply.  It is simply too burdensome for the return.

    A downtown work group tried to get this in place for years against monumental staff resistance. When that work group found a ONE sheet of paper model from Webster Groves , MO, that consisted of guidelines on one side, and application on the other, the NF version …provided by staff… was I believe, a Five page ordinance, and a Three page application.

    I remember  Mr. O’Connell being asked  in a council meeting about the Webster Groves version; his reply : Ours is almost as short…

    How many years do you expect people to keep hitting their heads against the yellow brick wall?

    November 6, 2009

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