Enjoy the view! Over the past 18 months, DFI has collaborated with several departments of the City of Framingham to create the municipal code and permitting regulations to facilitate sidewalk use by our great local businesses. From enjoying the sunshine at a cafe table to displaying great wares for sale, we recognize the importance and value of making this goal a reality. After reviewing comparable examples from across the country, we understand what elements are best suited for our community.
Next steps: As the ordinance makes its way to City Council, DFI is compiling a list of businesses, measuring sidewalk widths, identifying appropriate uses, uploading photos, and listing hazards and features corresponding to each storefront sidewalk area. The in-progress table is shown above.