MainStreets Annapolis is promoting walkable shopping.
Leave the car behind and hit some stores—that’s the message behind the new Walk Annapolis initiative.
The program divides downtown Annapolis into five main shopping districts, no larger than the average shopping mall. Colorful maps and banners urge customers to explore each district on foot:
- City Dock and Main Street
- Maryland Avenue and State Circle
- West Annapolis
- West Street
The program was created by the MainStreets Annapolis Partnership, a nonprofit organization of local business owners, property owners, the City of Annapolis, lenders, real estate professionals, residents, and local business and community associations. Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen, MainStreets Annapolis Partnership Chairman Steve Samaras and others plan to launch the program at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at 122 Main Street.
“One of the qualities that makes Annapolis special is that we have unique, locally-owned fashion boutiques and specialty gift shops tucked between art galleries, pubs, restaurants and inns,” Cohen stated in an email. “The opportunity to enjoy the historic and maritime charm of the city while walking through the various shopping and dining districts is just one example of Annapolis’ enduring appeal.”
“People might think it’s easier to walk around Westfield Mall than it is to walk around downtown Annapolis,” Samaras stated in a press release. “But if you look at these images, you’ll see that the walk from Church Circle to City Dock is no further than the walk from Macy’s to Nordstrom’s.”
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A satellite view of downtown Annapolis overlaid with the footprint of Annapolis Town Center Mall illustrates the walk-ability of downtown compared to these other shopping areas.