Letter to the editor: SOS received — Walkable Sunday is the balanced choice

Editor:

As members of the Edmonds City Council, we have witnessed many changes in our city over the past 14 months and have supported every effort to assist the public and community businesses during this difficult period. We continue to support initiatives that keep Edmonds vibrant. The retailers and many in the community have asked to keep Main Street open on Saturdays as a better way to support all businesses. We agree this will help with economic resiliency for all downtown businesses.

On April 6, we had a presentation on Walkable Main Street. When we heard the details, we recognized that Sunday was a better option and asked the administration to seriously consider closing Main Street only on Sundays. Many have shared their concerns about the lack of access to the retail businesses and are in support of SOS – Save our Saturdays—backing a Saturday evening (not closing the street earlier than 6 p.m.) through Sunday evening closure of Main Street. Many of you have concerns about continued limited parking downtown due to the streateries which has helped to support local restaurants. We have absolutely heard you.

We are writing to voice our complete support for keeping the roads open and accessible to all on Saturdays until 6 p.m. We agree, this an ideal, balanced way to support our many retailers, giving them every opportunity to reach their customers while maintaining a pedestrian-friendly setting that so many have come to enjoy.

Along with many, including our retail establishments, we joined Mayor Nelson in his enthusiastic support for Walkable Main Street, and the effort to save our restaurants. As we look to the warm weather ahead, and the second summer under pandemic conditions, we want to give all the businesses in Edmonds — on Main and all our retail streets — the opportunity to grow and prosper.

We look forward to seeing you on Main Street soon.

Sincerely,

Susan Paine, Council President
Laura Johnson, Council President Pro-Tem

13 Replies to “Letter to the editor: SOS received — Walkable Sunday is the balanced choice”

  1. I support this plan, seems like nice compromise and logical. I am confused on who actually has final authorization to actually close Main Street regarding WMS? Mayor or Council, or both?

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      1. Thanks Susan and Dave, I thought perhaps a confirmation component may have been included in this process, since many public comments directed towards the council to change WMS parameters recently. *Please consider the idea to inject additional Handicap parking temporarily on 5th avenue on the North and South side of the street that remains open during WMS.

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      2. This seems like such a win for everyone, that I would be surprised if walkable Sundays was not adopted by the Mayor.

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  2. I agree with Mr. McMurray,
    Let’s have a common sense and balanced approach to WMS.
    And it seems this solution should be agreeable for both the retailers and restauranteurs.
    My hope is this will not be a slow footed effort from the City of Edmonds. Let’s accomplish this with a speedy resolution. Please!

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  3. Mike, I think this authority rests with the mayor. However, the mayor is fond of saying he truly listens to his constituents, considers the interests of all sides, then acts. It will be interesting to see his actions in regard to modifying (or not) the WMS plan.

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    1. I believe the power resides with the mayor only in the absence of direction by City Council, the ultimate policy-maker in City government. Council can pass an ordinance or resolution establishing policy for creating walkable streets. The mayor may need such direction from Council in order to do the right thing.

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      1. The current Council President just stated what she thinks should happen regarding this. If what you say is true, Roger, we should be seeing something on the next agenda packet regarding a vote on making the SOS approach our official city policy. Personally, I’m not holding my breath, but there is always hope; and I sincerely hope you are right and I’m wrong on this.

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  4. This would be a step in the right direction. Now let’s see how they address those with mobility issues so everyone can enjoy our streets.

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  5. I love it. This really feels like a win for everyone, and I am grateful to all those who respectfully advocated for SOS, and I appreciate this letter from Susan Paine and Laura Johnson.

    I hope more respectful and productive discussions are in the future for this city.

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  6. I think SOS is a solution that will be advantageous to all concerned. I emailed the mayor and council awhile ago about this, after talking with downtown merchants.

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  7. First, thanks to these two Council Members for a welcome and timely expression of some independent thought.

    Everyone in town should think long and hard about the amazing amount of power we vest in the position of Mayor here. The only real power of our city council in the day to day running of our city is making code (often as recommended by the Mayor and Staff) and advice and consent on appointments. This leaves a whole bunch of room for executive mischief and influence of all sorts. In this case the chief executive can literally pick who wins and loses in business ventures. That’s too much power vested in one person, in my opinion.

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    1. I think we need more then this Mayor making decisions. If he continues with his entitled antics and exclusion..all of it…trouble will come. The Bowl could be a shell of its former self. This is serious stuff folks…This Mayor keeps giving all the good things to the Bowl and well you will see.
      I am not saying this to you because I don’t live in the Bowl. I am trying to show you how to make all a part of Edmonds, but we need part of it first. I saw 3 very nice parks for kids on my drive down the hill yesterday, state of the art playground equipment. Yet with all these people, new complexes, NO Park for their children. And don’t say ESPERANCE and you know why. Crime is rampant. Would you who live in the Bowl take your kids there? I think not.
      5 corners, develop it with cool new stores all I have mentioned over and over AND a nice park. We here would love to have the other new park you also suggested for downtown, for handicapped children. We can have equipment for all and your rubber pellets too. Ha. Up here you are all welcome. We will watch out for your kids because we know what to look for. That is not an insult..you just aren’t street smart! In America today it is a gift. Trust me. I have no reason to steer you wrong. I have a very nice house…and don’t owe a penny on it or anything else. Nothing. So…again I appeal to you to either be entitled or seen as such, or Don’t. If you care Mayor and are truly woke you will agree.

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