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The Op-Ed piece “Closing Pike Street through market to cars would hurt merchants” misses a point and, more importantly, an opportunity.

I worked in downtown Seattle for 40 years and spent plenty of time in the Market, including the height of tourist season. I don’t recall someone in a car stopping to do business with one of the merchants.

People in cars don’t buy anything.

Cars add to the ever-increasing traffic fiascos on First Avenue, and on Western Avenue and Virginia Street.

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I believe it’s safe to say cars in Pike Place, generally speaking, are tourists. Locals don’t take their cars into the Market because we know better.

Allowing delivery vehicles access and not cars would help merchants get deliveries more efficiently and actually help the merchants do business.

I would welcome the debate as to how that equates to the kiss of death.


Rick Stanton, Bainbridge Island