At this morning’s meeting (March 13), the Northfield Economic Development Authority voted to join the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation in recommending that the City Council fast track a policy change that will enable the expansion of sidewalk dining this summer.
The Chamber of Commerce Board had voted at their March 4 meeting in support of these efforts. The NDDC has been working on this issue for some time.
All three of these groups seem to believe that the experience of communities throughout the United States, and around the world, demonstrates that sidewalk dining encourages a pedestrian-oriented environment, helps to create a visually attractive atmosphere and streetscape, promotes expansion by existing businesses, and stimulates overall commerce in the community.
Together, step by step, we’re accomplishing great things.