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Edmonds presses pause on Walkable Main Street project

City says it will work with downtown businesses


Last updated 7/7/2020 at 5:56pm

Brian Soergel

Pedestrians walk up Main Street during the second day of Walkable Edmonds.

The grand experiment of closing three blocks of Main Street to vehicle traffic for the past two weeks was bound to be controversial.

And now it's paused.

"We've had very positive feedback from residents, restaurants, and some retailers," said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson on Wednesday, July 1. "Right now is a good opportunity to catch our breath, take a look at what's working and where to make adjustments."

Certainly, there are unresolved questions: Would the closure benefit retailers and restaurants, which could set up displays and tables for diners in the street? Or would it hurt them with r...

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