Downtown streets eyed for closure

The push to improve business downtown has city leaders thinking outside the box – or at least outside the storefront. 

Los Altos City Council members were scheduled Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline, to discuss the idea of closing Main and State streets to cars in a bid to encourage pedestrian shopping and dining outdoors. The concept has vocal supporters and detractors.

A steering committee comprising business leaders and city staff is looking at the feasibility of pedestrian-only streets and restricted parking. The proposal would allow restaurants to accommodate outdoor dining. Retailers, currently barred from having customers inside their shops, could display merchandise on the sidewalk.

Proponents are actively lobbying for the pedestrian-only streets, with the goal to have outdoor shopping and dining for summer. A petition to the city council gathered more than 2,000 signatures as of Friday.

Such a plan could impact the curbside pickup option for retailers, which Santa Clara County health officials began allowing Friday.

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