Seattle's Car-Free Plans Irk Business Owners

<p>Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels recently announced a plan to close off certain roads to cars on Sundays starting this month. Local business owners are worried that closures will keep people away.</p>
August 6, 2008, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Noon to 6 p.m., the time the mayor announced for closing the specified road, is a busy time, with lunch, an after-church crowd, happy hour and early dinners."

"'It takes away a day for us, and it takes money out of our servers' pockets,' said Fraser."

"Nickels made the announcement Wednesday near the Beach on Alki Avenue Southwest, not far from Duke's."

"Car-free Sundays are a part of NIckels' ongoing effort to get people out of their cars and green up Seattle. Select neighborhood streets will be closed on consecutive Sundays in August and September, one neighborhood each Sunday."

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Published on Thursday, July 31, 2008 in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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