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Should Warrenton make outdoor dining along Main Street permanent?

The town in May eased zoning restrictions to allow restaurants to expand seating onto parking spaces and sidewalks.

Disclaimer: This poll represents an unscientific sampling of users.
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(1317 Votes)
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Jennie
July 20, 2020 at 8:27 pm
I welcome "the junky" look on Main Street as it might help the workers support their families and get off public assistance! I am all for this!!!
Jerome Fields
July 19, 2020 at 3:22 pm
While it has helped the businesses, it does look rather junky driving down Main Street.
Tony Bentley
July 19, 2020 at 9:23 am
It's about want versus need. Businesses that survive deal in needs.
Rover 530
July 18, 2020 at 8:35 pm
If Warrenton is missing a pulse it's because it's DEAD. Many towns and cities across the country have tried instituting pedestrian malls/streets on formerly vehicle thoroughfares in the last 60 years and most of them failed for a variety of reasons. Many localities switched back to streets with vehicular traffic and on-street parking. Warrenton suffers from a lack of adequate parking and the removal of valuable spaces on Main Street will soon have a negative impact on the town's commerce. The idea is good in the interim while we all try to survive during the pandemic but it is not a permanent solution to what ails Warrenton's businesses.
Linda Ward
July 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Main Street is closed for other events and people survive. Why not close that section from the Courthouse to 5th Street down until our economy gets back to pre-Covid19 business activities.
Demosthenes
July 18, 2020 at 12:31 pm
I agree with Lizst. I have eaten a couple of times at our Main Street makeshift outdoor space and I really enjoyed it.

I think making this a permanent change would be great. The restaurants could invest a little more in making that space look and feel like more than just a makeshift and temporary situation.

And there is no need to make this a summer only thing either. I eat outside on my own deck for about 10 months out of the year. Let them put up potted flowers and other things that separate the space year-round, and people will eat there most of the year as long as it isn't snowing.
Lizst
July 17, 2020 at 8:58 pm
Warrenton is missing a pulse. Outdoor seating is a big step in the right direction. Why is this a debate?
maude
July 17, 2020 at 7:06 pm
Sure, I'd like a salad with a side of F150 exhaust please!
Jerome Fields
July 17, 2020 at 6:34 pm
Spring, Summer and Fall. Keep it neat please!
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