The Landscape Guide

16.28 Restaurant Parks

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Indoor shopping malls have food courts offering eaters a wide choice of fast food. It can be taken to public tables, often in a conservatory-type space with a pool and plants. A similar idea could work in parks. Tables with sunshades would be grouped in a courtyard. Local people with an interest in cooking, or a desire to make money, could bring stalls, like market stalls, and offer high-quality cooked food at low prices. This idea could work in conjunction with a vegetable, antique or book market. Just imagine how the smell of fresh cakes would attract shoppers! Unfortunately, outdoor markets are regulated by municipal councils, which are unduly sympathetic to established restaurant owners, who pay local taxes, wield local influence and stiffle competition.