By Tracy Thompson
The Times 

Walla Walla tries out downtown plaza on Main Street

A work in progress to boost downtown business


August 6, 2020

Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson Above: Alexander Norris is part of the City of Walla Walla Parks & Recreation staff who are keeping the plaza clean and disinfected. Left: Kathryn Witherington

WALLA WALLA-Kathryn Witherington stepped into her new job as Executive Director of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation in early February of this year. Previously the Economic Development Director of the Port of Columbia, Witherington, joined the Foundation just in time to help merchants handle the damages of February's flooding. And then in March came the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier efforts this summer to boost businesses downtown included the creation of extra dining space in front of six restaurants with the construction of parklets. This past weekend saw Witherington assisting in a big...

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