Walkable Main Street returns to downtown Edmonds this weekend and ‘for foreseeable future,’ city says

Walkable Main Street is returning to Edmonds this weekend, and the City of Edmonds says it will continue “for the foreseeable future.”

After taking a weekend off for the Fourth of July, the city announced on Facebook Tuesday that it will once again be closing a portion of Main Street to vehicles this coming Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12.

The idea, the city said, is to provide a larger, safer area for pedestrian flow, allowing for social distancing while strolling, plus outdoor seating for restaurants and cafés, and outdoor sales or display for retailers

The closure will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, and will run from 3rd to 6th Avenues.

View the map for a diagram of the street closure and availability of nearby parking.

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26 Replies to “Walkable Main Street returns to downtown Edmonds this weekend and ‘for foreseeable future,’ city says”

  1. Somewhat disdappintong thst the city could not come to a decision that would benefit all of its citizens.
    It is undrtstandable that restaurants need to recoup losses as well as the shops, it just seems that the city did not consider the parking, those ehobcannot walk greater distsnces for a “length” of time, people eith medical issues.
    The city appears to not take consideration and be flexible even with reading and hearing input / concerns from several of it citizens and those surrounding areas thatbmaje Edmonds ” their kind of day”.

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    1. Cities all over Europe do this in their city centers and it is so beneficial. It brings a real sense of community. Also – the current traffic congestion on Main St is dangerous. Especially in the summer. I work downtown and I have seen many elderly people -and children- attempt to cross the street at the round about and impatient drivers often come close to hitting them. I think a car free downtown area is going to be a wonderful enhancement to our community.

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      1. Totally agree. It seems as though EDMONDS bowl…only wants to accommodate the citizens of Edmonds who live on or within the bowl area.
        I think they want to isolate themselves from the world.
        All of this inconvenience for most citizens of Edmonds will of course really effect your retail sales. As well as others from other towns around…NO consideration of a very close parking garage so all Edmonites can enjoy the costly restaurant pavilion. Funny…seems in Edmonds its Only Some Lives Matter.

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      1. Some of us do not have children…people living with us to drop us off. Or do you suggest childless, couples, …Just Husband goes….wife drops him off for lunch eating alone. Then…he calls and she drives down and waits for him…hum where..no parking….then She drives him somewhere. He takes the wheel and leaves her alone on a corner to go and have lunch ALONE. THEN again,this time he comes and picks her up and finally up the hill a ways…Now doesn’t that sound lovely.
        Sounds, selfish, sounds non inclusive, sounds very entitled. We could hit on the racial diversity issue if you want to…

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        1. Who would have guessed this issue would stir-up a hornet’s nest. My goodness, more negative feedback than I would think possible for an issue that tries to help the community businesses. These are tough times for many reasons, but this is a solution-driven decision that should promote some positives. Maybe those that are feeling the experiment is so so horrible should wait to see the outcome before going Negative.

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  2. What a great opportunity to make “lemonade out of a lemon”. Have a bigger vision of our city than the Mayor by visiting restaurants, cafés, and shops beyond these few blocks in Edmonds,who are struggling because of recent events.

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  3. This map shows a June date. According to this, it shows that 5th S is still open to Main. Is this correct, or is there an update?

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  4. Thank you to our Mayor and City Council for this decision. The openings were such fun with a great community feel with pedestrian-only downtown. This is something to look forward for the citizens and definitely positive in helping the restaurants. Great job! and Thank You.

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    1. This is a wonderful, people friendly idea that will build community. I will go downtown more often on weekends now, feeling safer and more engaged with fellow pedestrians and businesses.
      I will make a point of patronizing businesses within and BEYOND the pedestrian only perimeter now that I have greater motivation to walk or drive to downtown Edmonds on weekends. .

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    2. Being able to spread out on the car-free streets will significantly increase the ability to social/physical distance. Otherwise, we are on crowded sidewalks, making it much harder to safely navigate entering businesses and restaurants. Or we could just stay home to avoid it altogether. I think we can agree the latter choice would be a further economic setback.
      Wear masks and stay at least 6 feet apart.

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  5. Was the Council involved in this decision? Was their a public hearing for citizens to give their input or was this decision impacting the downtown for the “foreseeable future” based on facebook likes? I don’t necessarily disagree with the decision but the Council and public should at least have an opportunity to comment.

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    1. Mike this mayor isn’t going to listen to what the citizens of Edmonds want. He and a couple of his friends are going to make the decisions and you will have no input. Even the businesses that sent him a letter stating that the closing of the streets has hurt their business haven’t gotten any results from their pleas. You’re going to have to wait three years to have a voice and then Please Vote.

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  6. From talking to the Merchants, this closing was very hurtful to them..on top of the virus, they have to sacrifice a Saturday to European traditions..I am happy for the restaurants, but Mayor your shops are a major tax base..consider them..they bring so many to town also.

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  7. Glad about the walking in our downtown area. Masks required? I didn’t see many the last time I walked by there. No way am I going out there unless people DO wear masks. People, we want to help our businesses to open. If we stop spread, we can do it. THAT’S what’s happening in Europe. Let’s do it and let’s do it safely.

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    1. I walked through town last night on my way back from more solitary places, and saw very few masks at all. If restaurants and shops want more customers, they must MUST enforce the rules. A friend reported that employees were even checking out un-masked people at the grocery store.

      So much for community spirit!

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  8. I came upon one instance where the sidewalk was completely blocked by tables and chairs, which is fine if you can simply walk around, but wheelchairs would have to jump off the curb. Other than that, the atmosphere was festive while the weather held up. The restaurants seem to be benefiting; I can’t speak for the other businesses. It’s going to require everyone to use common sense with regard to safety.

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  9. Aren’t we still in Phase 2, and aren’t the cases rising currently here? Encouraging gathering in downtown right now seems in stark contrast to the reality of our goal to slow the spread of Covid. As I read phase two, gatherings more than 5 people outside the home are prohibited. Kids in Edmonds are not allowed to gather to play baseball, basketball, or even pickle ball right now. The folks in care facilities haven’t been able to get out for any fresh air since March at the latest. Do we want Edmonds to be a block party on weekends? Well, maybe when we enter phase three or four and that may take longer now.

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      1. Ron,
        I agree 100%, the City is pushing to save the restaurants, they are no more special than any other business.
        Doing this is going to push everything back.

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  10. As much as I admire and respect Rick Steves a no car zone in the heart of Edmonds is a mistake. Edmonds is not a quaint little city in Italy as some people would like us to believe.

    Nor could it become like Santa Monica CA or Boulder CO as others would like us to believe. 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 has the feel of a vibrant healthy town. The comments about how “unsafe” it is are an overstatement or an exaggeration.

    Like the closing of Sunset Avenue (that’s also been taken away from us), it’s a selfish idea that only benefits citizens that live within walking distance.

    The closings of Main Street and Sunset Avenue are feel good solutions for problems that don’t exist.

    Edmonds is becoming a “gated” community.

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    1. By closing off the street these people get live out their European fantasy fetish. Dam the elderly, handicapped, some merchants, and who cares about the pandemic? 2020 is surely quite a wacky year.

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  11. Great decision, Edmonds leaders! Thank you so much for this. Count me among those who don’t live in the Edmonds Bowl but still plan to partake in this. It makes the downtown so much more inviting for people and it has to be a blessing for the restaurants who can take advantage of physical distancing and use more outdoor space.

    Way to go!

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  12. I was downtown around 1 pm and was very happy to see people dining outside at several establishments – The Loft, Rusty Pelican Cafe; Red Twig, among others.
    The Farmers Market was also well attended and customers were masked and were social distancing. Farmers had their produce roped off and/or had plexiglass up to help with distancing. They bagged your produce for you. I got a beautiful head of lettuce and bundle of kale at Gypsy Rows and red raspberries at Hayton Farm.
    As for parking, I had no problems finding parking in the lot between the library and insurance company. Then, I walked down Main Street to 5th and entered the market.

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  13. I was downtown Saturday for the market and strolling downtown. The restaurants were busy and some of the shops were also putting merchandise out in the street. Masks were wore in most cases and people were social distancing unless eating of course. One concern…5th Ave S was open and there was definitely some confusion about that arrangement. People were walking in the intersection unaware that it was open for traffic, and some cars were confused attempting to turn around in the street prior to reaching the fountain. The 5th Ave S being open seemed very unsafe and I believe it worked better when closed. Also, would love to seem 4th Ave closed to allow the restaurants on that street participate in this outdoor expansion. By the time we get good weather, we’ll have this figured out. Thanks again for the pedestrian only downtown, it’s wonderful.

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