Many cities are modifying their building codes to increase appearance in downtown areas and preserve architectural character of their buildings by banning solid rolldown shutters. However, the use of sliding or rolldown grilles would still be permitted due to their openness factor. In fact, the New York Times recently published an article regarding a bill from the Public Safety Committee that stated "after July 1, 2011, any rolldown gate that is being replaced must be replaced with a gate that allows at least 70 percent of the covered area to be visible." "This bill not only helps first responders when they are called to protect our businesses, but it carries the additional benefit of beautifying our city's landscape". Cities and business owners taking these measures will help maintain a comfortable appearance and preserve the economic well-being of shopping districts in many areas.