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DoctorChow | Sep 29, 202001:46 AM     7

Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest was really hopping on Sunday for a few blocks south of University. Further south there were some scattered colorful outdoor areas here and there, particularly at Laurel. The general ambience was European, or maybe South American or Mexican. Most people on the sidewalk were wearing masks. People seated inside restaurants and those on the outdoor patios (most of which are now wood decks over the street, or expanded sidewalk areas) were unmasked and packed shoulder-to-shoulder at the (properly spaced ) tables.

It was a very different scene than when we last visited Hillcrest, perhaps in June or July. The individually unique outdoor decks, along with servers crossing the sidewalks to get to them, add a lot of color and interest.

Really, it was so much like the norm in so many other countries. In the past, in SD, outdoor dining has been way, way too constrained, IMO. I’m glad the city was able to lighten up on the permit process. Hopefully that’ll be longer than “for now”.

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