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Richmond patio program slow growing

Richmond’s expedited patio program has had less uptake than anticipated, Mayor Malcolm Brodie said during this week’s Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force meeting.

Only six applications (half in Steveston) have been received by the city, three of which have been approved.

New temporary patio spaces affect existing pedestrian walkways and parking spaces, leading council to consider changes to car traffic on Steveston streets.

At a recent city council meeting, further discussion centered around a proposed temporary one-way street system in parts of Steveston to expand patio space onto sidewalks, as well as increase space for pedestrians. 

Most local businesses did not support these changes—some because they were concerned about decreased parking capacity—so the current system will remain in place for the time being.

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