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Sound off: Should Walkable Main Street return?


Last updated 3/18/2021 at 10:31am

Brian Soergel

Walkable Main Street in Edmonds last summer.

In summer 2020, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the city approved Walkable Main Street, a pedestrian-friendly program in downtown Edmonds that closed Main Street on weekends between Third and Sixth avenues to vehicles.

Walkable Main Street opened up Main Street to foot traffic for three blocks, allowing for masked social distancing and strolling through the downtown core. Restaurants and retailers also expanded their footprint beyond their brick-and-mortar businesses to provide the ability for distanced dining and shopping.

Walkable Edmonds began the weekend of June 20. But...

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Reader Comments(1)

Robert Sears writes:

As much as I admire and respect Rick Steves a no car zone in the heart of Edmonds is a big mistake. Edmonds is not some quaint little city in Italy or anywhere else in Europe. Nor could it become like Santa Monica CA or Boulder CO as others would like us to believe. Chicago tried a pedestrian mall on State Street when I lived there - only to reverse that program after the retail shops were decimated. The pedestrian malls are not the heart of those cities like Main street is to Edmonds. Traffic on Fifth and Main has never ever been a problem on weekends in the 21 years I’ve lived in Edmonds. Crowded, yes but not a problem. After attending the summer market my partner and I enjoy sitting on the corner with coffee in hand people watching and meeting acquaintances. To me it had the feel of a vibrant healthy town. Not now.


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