Changes to sidewalk sales in Mpls. being considered

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City officials in Minneapolis are considering a proposal that would allow businesses to display and sell some of their products on the sidewalks in front of their stores, the Star Tribune reports. The current ordinance requires all goods to be in an enclosed building.

"We're really trying to encourage walkable neighborhoods and walkable business districts," City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who is leading the change, told the newspaper. "I think this fits right into the sensibility of those goals and I'm really excited about the opportunity."

Small business owners also told the Star Tribune that sidewalk sales would help them attract new customers and save on advertising.

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