Walkable Washington: Longview Sidewalk Business License Program

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The Walkable Washington program grew out of the Feet First Cities Program. It showcases exceptional pedestrian-oriented improvements, community groups and outreach programs; maintains a statewide network for key contacts and stakeholders including an annual symposium; and provides assistance with Safe Routes to School, walking audits and other educational activities and programs.

 

The first Walkable Washington Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 3, 9:00 am 1:00 pm; in preparation for that event we will be highlighting projects around Washington which have enhanced walkability.

 

Longview Sidewalk Business License Program

Longview - Sidewalk Business License Program Since 2000, the City of Longview, Washington has allowed business owners to apply for a free sidewalk business license. This license allows businesses to place features such as seating or retail signs on the city’s public sidewalks. Because almost all of downtown Longview’s business were originally built to the property line, this program gives the city a way to work with businesses to spur economic revitalization of the downtown area. The project has recently expanded beyond the core commerce area of downtown to all economic zones in Longview.

 

 

 

A full overview of the City of Longview’s Sidewalk Business License program is available here (pdf).

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