Sarah McKenzie

Quiet Nicollet Mall a boon to diners ?? but hurts some businesses

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Restaurateurs want a permanently bus-free street, but the hurdles are formidable

With the buses temporarily gone, Nicollet Mall belongs to the bikers and pedestrians.

Pleased by the new Mall aesthetic, some restaurateurs have called for buses to be re-routed to other Downtown streets from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The diesel fumes detract from the summer dining experience, they say.

However others miss the buses -- and the customers it brings them.

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