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Duvall Main Street Reconstruction

Duvall, WA  2009

Partners: City of Duvall, KPG Engineering

When citizens of Duvall learned their main street was ready to be upgraded along the downtown area, citizens and council-members got nervous. They feared that their struggling downtown would be further hampered by construction, and that the local character (a great source of community pride) could disappear.

Pomegranate Center helped re-frame Duvall’s Main Street redevelopment as an opportunity to strengthen the community’s identity, beginning with the question “What makes it Duvall?” The answer from community members – the city’s relationship to the adjacent river, both in the past and looking to the future. With the community’s vision in mind, Pomegranate Center developed a public art enhancement for the new Main Street. Eight artists were selected to create works that improvise around the common themes of river that flows through the valley and the city’s rich history.

The finished Main Street is now the highlight of Duvall. It tells every person traveling through that this is a special place, different from all the other cities around it. The signs, benches, bus stops, crosswalks and light-posts all hint at the cities connection to the river and nature. Business increased and the community is proud of it.

Awards: Duvall’s Main Street Redevelopment project won four awards soon after completion – the 2010 Washington State Smart Communities Award, Municipal Excellence Award from the Association of Washington Cities, the 2009 Puget Sound Regional Council Destination 2030 Award and the American Public Works Project of the Year Award (WA Chapter) 2010.