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Pasadena Begins Outdoor Dining With Partial Street Closures On Colorado Boulevard

Some lanes on Colorado Blvd. in Old Town Pasadena will be closed to create more outdoor dining spots for restaurants. (Julia Paskin/KPCC)
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The city of Pasadena is closing lanes along Colorado Boulevard to expand outdoor dining and hopefully give struggling restaurants a boost.

Closures should be in place by Saturday morning, but as the city launches this plan, the number of new coronavirus infections is rising in Pasadena and around Los Angeles County.

Lisa Derderian with the city of Pasadena says health inspectors will be out this weekend to make sure restaurants and diners follow the rules:

"We want to open up more opportunities to help our local economy and turn it into a positive, but also ensure the safety of the public. So this is something we're gonna see how it works out. But if we see that our numbers significantly increase, we'll go back and we'll have to reassess and reevaluate."

Derderian says tables and chairs will be in the street, closest to the curb. Sidewalks will be open for pedestrians, so people shopping or walking won't be too close to diners.
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Here's the list of partial closures, per the city:

  • Colorado Boulevard between Madison and El Molino avenues
  • Colorado Boulevard between Fair Oaks and Raymond avenues (south curb only)

And here's a list of additional closures anticipated by July 25 at the latest:

  • Colorado Boulevard between El Molino and Oak Knoll avenues
  • Colorado Boulevard between Oak Knoll and Hudson avenues (south curb only)
  • Green Street between Pasadena and De Lacey avenues (north curb/half block)
  • Green Street between De Lacey and Raymond avenues (south curb)
  • Colorado Boulevard between Fair Oaks and Raymond avenues (north curb)
  • Colorado Boulevard between Raymond Avenue and Arroyo Parkway (north curb/no parking)


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