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Mayor: Main Street will close for a pilot project

Rick Steves' dream of a European-style plaza may soon become a reality


Last updated 5/27/2020 at 4:42pm

Brian Soergel

Rick Steves at the Main Street fountain. His dream of a European-style plaza in town may soon become a reality.

It appears Rick Steves might get his wish for a closed-to-traffic portion of downtown Edmonds – at least temporarily.

During his second virtual town hall, on May 21, Mayor Mike Nelson responded to a simple question: "Are you going to close Main Street?"

He smiled.

"You better believe we're definitely going to close down Main Street at some point for a pilot project, if you will, so we have a pedestrian-safe experience for folks," he said.

"We're getting a lot of feedback from that," he added. "We're getting good input from our citizens, from community leaders, feedback from businesses."

In addition, Nelson said "all of the councilmembers have expressed interest in this, in one form or another."

The mayor said he would provide more information soon. "Stay tuned," he said.


It was in the May 9 edition of the Edmonds Beacon that European travel expert Steves, who lives and has his business in Edmonds, wrote an exclusive first-person account for the Beacon where he envisioned a European-style plaza centered around the fountain.

"What if the core of Edmonds – just one block on each of the four streets from the fountain – was pedestrian-only? What if every day felt like the Saturday Market?"

The response was immediate, on Facebook and on edmondsbeacon.com, where some supported the idea and others said it wouldn't work in Edmonds' cloudy/drizzle climate.

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