Deborah Marshall

Retired

Yes, a pedestrian mall would enhance and promote local businesses; provide a safe place for families to enjoy their town environment; and provide a boon to downtown businesses. Reno suffers from a lack of a central core. It would be a draw to downtown.

Aaron Walton

Sales

Yes, absolutely. I was just down there last weekend. It would be a great place for a pedestrian mall and to have an open container policy (like) the one in Vegas. I don’t think it would hurt businesses downtown. Cars could park in the Cal Neva garage and the El Dorado garage. The garages have direct access to Virginia Street. I don’t think a pedestrian mall would impede parking at all.

Kylie Rybak

Barista

No, Reno is a cruising town. What else are you going to do on a Friday night other than drive down Virginia Street? I’ve been cruising Virginia Street ever since I could drive.

Christine Roberts

Early childhood educator

Yes, Reno would benefit from having a pedestrian mall. I’m visiting from Seattle, and when the city closed off the streets there, it provided an environment for the public to enjoy seasonal activities such as Christmas-tree lighting ceremonies. It was packed with people going to restaurants and bars. It really supported local businesses.

Robert Ramirez

Student/family resource supporter

Yes. I used to live in Germany, and there was a pedestrian zone with no worry of traffic. It’s a great concept and a great place to be. Closing off the traffic draws in a crowd to see what there is to offer. It would also increase business revenue.

David Robert

David Robert is the photo editor of the Reno News & Review. In his first stint as the RN&R’s photo editor, he won multiple Nevada Press Association and Association of Alternative Newsmedia awards...

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  1. Sounds like a great idea. They could open to street traffic for HAN or the bike stuff but otherwise it’s a perfect spot. The rest of the world does it.

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