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Gainesville square retailers like outdoor seating concept
Frames You Nique owner Don Griffin says more sidewalk seating for restaurant customers would help his downtown business. - photo by NAT GURLEY
A concept to widen sidewalks and allow more outdoor seating in Gainesville’s square is still a popular idea among retailers downtown, but it lacks funding. The city’s traffic engineering department presented the idea at the Gainesville City Council retreat in January. The plan includes narrowing Washington Street, between Green and Bradford, to one lane and extending the sidewalks to allow shops and pedestrians more room.