Walnut Street is back! For lunch, anyway.

August 16th, 2013 by Joe Kristan

For a day, anyway.


Walnut St party

A perfect lunchtime on Walnut Street between 8th and 9th, Downtown Des Moines.

Back in the olden days, Walnut Street in Downtown Des Moines was a shopping street.  It looked like this:

old walnut

 Changing times and a lot of help from the misbegotten and unmourned transit mall ended all that.  The city has moved the buses away and is trying to bring back retail and dining, and they had a lunchtime party to kick off the effort today.  The weather was perfect, the music was good, and whether or not they bring back retail to Walnut, I hope they have more lunchtime parties.