(Sent to Mayor Dave Earling, Edmonds City Council)
The Council’s decision to compromise and make interim improvements to Sunset ends up pleasing no one. For once, I am in agreement with the Naysayers. The “ interim improvements” have made it worse than it was before….with one big exception. The vast majority of the people now walking on Sunset Av.are using the new walkway. So that part works. And, never forget, that was the real reason for the project in the first place.
What doesn’t work is the missing parking and how narrow the street has become in the area of the angle parking. Not using the entire right of way with the interim improvements has turned out to be a clear mistake.
If the negative reaction to this Solomon-like compromise pushes the Council to act more quickly to acquire the funding for the project as proposed by Public Works…good. On the other hand, I fear some of the Council may use this initial misstep to kill the project entirely.
Undoubtedly, you will receive petitions suggesting the plan doesn’t work and urging you to return to the old layout and kill the Sunset Walkway. That would be a giant step backwards after all of the planning and public input that has gone into to the Sunset Walkway. Because it is now clear for all to see: people want to use the walkway. It simply needs to incorporate the entire right of way to make it work well.
Sunset Avenue resident