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Social Distancing Could Change The Way Kansas City Residents And Restaurants Use Public Spaces

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The Kansas City Council approved last week an ordinance making it easier for restaurants to set up dining areas on sidewalks and parking lots, like the one shown at Aladdin Cafe on west 39th Street, and other public areas.

In an effort to make public spaces more social distance-friendly, the Kansas City Council is letting restaurants create makeshift patios. But what other ideas are there to transform the way we use public spaces?

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