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Poll: Has the King Street pedestrian zone made you more or less likely to visit Old Town?

Last week, Alexandria’s City Council voted to permanently expand the King Street pedestrian zone to encompass the waterfront block.

The change is the latest in a push for a more pedestrian-friendly King Street that started in 2019. Now, both the unit block (the one closest to the water) and the 100 block are closed to vehicle traffic except in emergencies, with the streetscape converted into a place for pedestrians to walk and local businesses to expand onto the sidewalks.

An overwhelming majority of respondents to a city survey about the unit block being converted to a pedestrian zone said they saw the change as either “very positive” or “positive”.

No plans have been announced yet for whether the pedestrian zone will be extended.

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