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The results are in for the City of Salida survey, providing feedback regarding the temporary vehicle closure of F Street. The closure was approved as a way to provide more social distancing for businesses to reopen following the closures necessitated by the coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Two blocks of F Street between Sackett Avenue and 2nd Street were transformed into a pedestrian-focused restaurant and retail hub to support local businesses while allowing for social distancing due to COVID-19.

More than 600 responses were received by the city from residents, business owners, and visitors. 51.15 percent of total respondents and 42.62 percent of business respondents said they love the temporary street closure and think it provides a safe space to shop, visit, and dine.

Barriers painted by local artists at the intersection of F Street and West Sackett. Photo taken by Brooke Gilmore.

The survey also asked for feedback on how improvements could be made to the closed area. Responses included: making the space more inviting by adding temporary landscaping, seating, and shade structures. Some even suggested expanding the road closure for several more blocks to support more businesses.

Survey respondents who were not in favor of the closure cited concern for the number of people not wearing masks as well as a feeling that the closure only helps a small number of businesses.

Others raised concerns with street accessibility for older adults or individuals with mobility issues who need handicapped parking spaces and the loss of storefront parking.

The City will compile individual feedback from the survey to help it determine the next steps for the F Street closure.

Salida City Council will discuss the matter at their regular work session at 6 p.m. on July 6.

For more information contact the city hall at 719-539-4555.