During the heights of the pandemic when indoor dining was not permitted, in an effort to save jobs and businesses, the Orange City Council closed down Glassell Street one block north and south of the downtown plaza to turn this main north/south thoroughfare into a pedestrian-friendly section of town free of vehicle traffic. Known as “The Paseo,” restaurants were permitted to use city streets for free to serve their customers outdoors.
Now that the pandemic is waning, what is the future of the Paseo? Should this main city street be re-opened for traffic flow? Should these businesses be permitted to use the public streets on a seasonal basis? Or should the Paseo be made permanent? Should the city conduct any studies of the community impacts of re-routing tens of thousands of vehicles daily through our neighborhoods before making their decision? And who should pay for the costs related to maintaining the Paseo? The survey link below will remain active as long as the survey is live. We plan on presenting the comprehensive results to the City Council on August 10.