According to the Lansing State Journal, downtown Lansing could soon become a hub for outdoor dining and drinking if a proposal to create social districts moves forward.

Downtown Lansing Inc. has proposed three areas in Lansing to create social zones, which are outdoor dining areas that connect several restaurants or bars. The outdoor districts would allow customers to sit in a specific area but patronize several businesses within that zone. (LSJ)

Even though it's very important to wear a mask, wash your hands, and continue social distancing, I think this will work and it's a great idea.

It gives more people from the Lansing area a chance to drive to downtown Lansing to enjoy dinner and a few drinks with family and friends.

The three social districts include the alley from Ottawa Street to Washtenaw street, behind the 200 block of South Washington. Near Rotary Park around MP Social and the former City Market. And lastly, an alley behind the 2000 block of East Michigan Avenue, near Arcardia, the Green Door and the avenue.

Overall, we'll be allowed to move between businesses in the outdoor areas. I just like the fact that more and more communities are trying to make things better during this uncertain time.

This won't be your normal outdoor dining. "The social district concept is new to Michigan and would allow an area with two or more licensed establishments to set up a space for people to sit, eat, drink or watch entertainment." (LSJ)

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