Portland already has lots of sidewalk cafes, and now a new pilot program takes it one step past the curb.
It's called Street Seats, and similar programs have been huge hits in San Francisco and New York. It gives local stores the option to extend their business onto street parking spots. They just need to get a license and build a platform, level with the curb, to put on top of the parking spots.
"With Portland's late summer and fall weather, we think it's the perfect time to allow businesses to use the space to get Portlanders into their favorite restaurants, enjoying the weather. We're really excited about it," said Dan Anderson, with the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
Interested businesses have to apply for a permit with the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The program just launched last Friday and the Bureau is already working with some stores.
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