This Seattle suburb banned cars from Main Street in response to COVID. They may never return
The Bothell City Council voted to extend the closure of a block of downtown Main Street, seen Thursday, March 31, 2022, for another two-years in a desire to create a community gather space. - Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times/TNS

BOTHELL, Washington — Nearly two years ago, Bothell banned vehicles from a downtown street to promote outdoor dining and strolling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it looks like the cars may never return. The rapidly growing Seattle suburb will keep the street vehicle-free for at least two more years while studying whether to make the change permanent, based on a split vote by Bothell's City Council last month. In one sense, it's a relatively modest step toward prioritizing pedestrians and nonmotorized activities. The zone on Main Street stretches only one block. But local activists who push...