To move Downtown incrementally toward higher quality, more consistent pedestrian space through upgraded standards for sidewalks and intersections.
1899 - The street is a utilitarian space between buildings
1936 - The street is the grand center of daily life
1963 - From local access to regional traffic flow
1976 - Bypassed for the freeway
1988 - Residential-scale landscaping
2013 - It's time for the next big change
Downtown Seattle's Pike-Pine Renaissance area should be the best urban experience in the country – on par with Chicago's Michigan Avenue and San Francisco's Union Square. A renewed streetscape can connect our scenic Waterfront to Capitol Hill with cultural attractions all along the way, such as the world-famous Pike Place Market, the Retail Core, and the Washington State Convention Center.
In 2013, the Downtown Seattle Association engaged dozens of stakeholders to establish a common vision. The key objectives include:
From dramatic hill streets to lush grand avenues, the layered design vision for the Pike-Pine area outlined here includes streetscape improvements, public area amenities and activation, light installations, community events, and more.
A renaissance of our Pike-Pine area offers far more than a chance to repair oft-neglected physical details. Significantly, this renaissance presents a distinct opportunity to reclaim and leverage that could be our city's greatest public assets.
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“There's not much green outdoor gathering space available right now. Sidewalk cafes would be a good thing; you see them in all major, vibrant cities.”
"Building facades need to be well maintained. Improve street lighting; the right lighting can lead people on a path through the district, better connectivity."
"More independent retailers. We don't want to look like every other big city Downtown."
“Just wanted to chime in and agree with everything said about dealing with vagrancy, loitering and drug deals, especially in Westlake Park. There is no improvement you can make in the Pike/Pine area that will make one difference until this problem is dealt with. We need a permanent police presence after dark, more street lighting and security cameras and making it illegal to camp there overnight.”
Making it a place that feels safe. Without that, any physical improvements are almost for naught. A “beggar” on every corner shouldn’t become Downtown Seatte’s slogan. Thanks.
Grand vision for open space and the civic experience. Extend the rich pedestrian experience of the Market district east to the base of Capitol Hill. Attention to detail, variety; a connection to the landscape.
“We need some traffic generators that will make people want to be here to live and work and will make other stores want to be here as well.”
"The look of the district needs to be consistent, not have every block looking different."
"More signage will make things more visitor-friendly. Maybe some in different languages."
Work with the property owners to reserve a given number of retail spaces for small-business owners rather than the proliferation of national chain stores that one can find in any reasonably mid/high-end mall in America. National brand chain stores have identifiable brands that may be me attractive to many, but small, creative, privately run businesses create much more character and shopping interest to those who truly spend money on interesting and unique goods. Enough of the boring homogenization of our cities!
Seattle now is not close to being the best. We have slipped. Our city core is dirty, unsafe, uncivil, uncomfortable for residents and visitors alike. As a resident, this urban slide has become untenable.
Uncivil behavior on the streets and parks is a chronic problem. Better policing might help, as would a larger Downtown residential population. Could Westlake Park be operated by a private non-profit that could better promote civil behavior?
| Anne Marie Koehler, Senior Associate, CBRE
Bart Ricketts, CEO, Lease Crutcher Lewis
Craig Schafer, CEO & Owner, Hotel Andra - Chair
Deb Guenther, Partner, Mithun
Deborah Matlick, Leasing Manager, Pine Street Group L.L.C.
Greg Smith, Principal, Urban Visions
Gary Johnson, Center City Coordinator - Seattle Dept. of Planning & Development
| Jeff Blosser, President & CEO, WA State Convention Center
Julie McAvoy, President, McAvoy Solutions L.L.C.
Leslie Martin, Vice President - NW Regional Manager, Nordstrom
Mahlon Clements, Director of Urban Design, VIA Architecture
Mark Houtchens, President & CEO, The Vance Corporation
| Patrick Gordon, Principal, ZGF Architects L.L.P.
Robert Bruckner, Managing Director, Aedas Seattle
Sherry Lawson, Sr. General Manager, GGP - Westlake Center
Todd Timberlake, Chief Real Estate Officer, University of Washington
Tom Norwalk, President & CEO, Visit Seattle
Dana Behar, HAL Real Estate Investments, Inc.
Betsy Braun, Virginia Mason Medical Center
Cary Clark, Argosy Cruises & Tillicum Village
Christel Cangas, Equity Residential
Paul Dunn, Downtown Resident
Andrew Ferencz, SNW Asset Management
Gabriel Grant, HAL Real Estate Investments, Inc.
Michael Greenwood, Boeing
Mirel Gutarra, Downtown Resident
Josh LaBelle, Seattle Theatre Group
Sherry Lawson, General Growth Properties - Westlake Center
Eric Logan, Gamma Ray Games
Jake McKinstry, Spectrum Development Solutions
Bob Miller, Downtown Resident
Valerie Mudra, Downtown Resident
Chuck Nelson, Washington Athletic Club
Steve Nicholes, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, Inc.
Cheryl dos Remedios, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Jim Row, Consolidated Restaurants, Inc.
Cindy Shaw, Safeco Insurance
Doug Short, Seattle BioMed
Broderick Smith, Urban Visions
Lisa Sterritt, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Bill Strong, Mahlum
Brian Scott, BDS - Planning & Urban Design
Brad Tong, Shiels Obletz Johnsen
Diane Vincent, Downtown Resident
Jeff Wilcox, Downtown Resident
Mark Wolf, Wolf Design
Sylvia Zappoli, Downtown Resident
Toole Design Group
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