New Report Considers Rise Of Outdoor Seating

 

The distribution of outdoor seating locations throughout Center City | Center City District

The distribution of outdoor seating locations throughout Center City | Map: Center City District

  • Center City District has just released a report studying the proliferation of outdoor seating since 2001 (the Rendell administration legalized the practice in 1995, yet it was not tracked for the first six years). In that time, “the number of food establishments with outdoor seating has increased 429%, from 69 in 2001 to 365 in 2015.” Add to that the growing number of non-food establishments looking to slow down foot traffic with the addition of its own seating and there were a total of 412 areas throughout Center City for exterior seating this year.
  • NewsWorks speaks with community organizer Emaleigh Doley, 32, just hired as the Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC) sole full-time employee. As manager of the Central Germantown Business Corridor, Doley will write grant proposals, facilitate the development of a website that aims to direct locals to relevant area retailers, and support Germantown’s beautification. “I think it’s very important to be routed and grounded in reality,” she says. “Germantown has pockets of businesses that are thriving, but we don’t have greater diversity in the types of businesses that would appeal to Germantown as a whole.”
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