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Brian’s Blog: Downtown Yakima Changes Coming – What Would You Like To See?

At Tuesday night’s Yakima City Council Meeting, the council will make some decisions that will effect the face of downtown Yakima “for the next 100 years”, according to city manager Tony O’Roarke. The question is what what you like to see?

KIT News Director Lance Tormey wrote Monday:

The council will consider an ordinance to develop a downtown plan that will govern things like development standards and the council will also consider a plan for retail development. The council will also talk about a safety plan to help increase security downtown by possibly increasing police bike and foot patrols. O’Rourke says the council will also likely change the banner policy downtown making sure any banners that hang in downtown Yakima are not commercial and only promote Yakima events.


I’ve been telling people for years that the downtown of the ’70s and ’80s is gone forever, just like the previous generation knows that Yakima of the ’50s and ’60s is gone as well.

The city manager has some great ideas, many of which would be fantastic if they became reality. Maintaining a pedestrian friendly downtown is crucial, as well as design standards to give developers some guidelines.

What kind of changes would you like to see in downtown Yakima, and how should they be implemented?

Visit the City of Yakima website here.

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