Northwest NEWS

August 12, 2002

Front Page

Last rites

A procession of "mourners" follows Duvall businessman Dave Harder's horse-drawn hearse along Main Street last Friday to draw attention to the fact that Duvall's "Old Town" is dying because business is being lost due to the closures of both the Woodinville-Duvall Bridge and Bruett Street. Some business owners say they have lost almost 50 percent of their customers. The procession, organized by local merchants, was followed by a "grave-side" ceremony and a wake. Although city officials supported the "funeral procession," the city was not involved financially. Business people said they needed publicity to get the message across that people are not coming into town to shop because of the road closures. But they agreed that Duvall is resilient and that the use of humor to create a community event pulls everyone together. They emphasized that the purpose was to let people know that downtown Duvall needs everyone's help to survive. The stunt, which was filmed by Seattle television news crews, attracted many more local people than the organizers expected.