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Pedestrian Zone on King Street in Old Town, Alexandria Could be Reality

January 23, 2020 | Inside Old Town | By: The Goodhart Group

A proposal long in the making with the Alexandria City Council to make the 100 block of King Street near the Waterfront pedestrian-only could soon be coming to fruition. 

Alexandria’s City Council approved in October a pilot program that will close the lower portion of King Street (between Lee & Union) to cars on the weekends starting in April. The pilot program will run through October. The Transportation Commission approved this plan back in early January, with the next step to collect public feedback from residents and business owners. Feedback can be sent to Patricia Washington (Visit Alexandria) at patricia@visitalexva.com and Hayley Burton (City – TES) at hayley.burton@alexandriava.gov.

Part of the program will include pick up and drop off zones for valet services, food delivery, and rideshare services. It would also necessitate the King Street trolley route to be rerouted. 

If this sounds familiar or like it’s happened before, that’s because it has. This exploration also happened in the summer of 2006, but did not stick due to mixed reactions from businesses and merchants reporting decreases in sales. 

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