Event Notice: Seattle City Council Presentation on Freeway Lids Wednesday

The I-5 trench. (Photo by the author)

The I-5 trench. (Photo by the author)

On Wednesday, December 16 at 12pm a group of local designers will present to the Seattle City Council the case for additional freeway lids over Interstate 5 in Downtown. The event will be an informal “lunch and learn”, starting at noon and scheduled until 1:30pm at the Seattle City Hall council chamber (600 4th Avenue). The presenters (including myself) will be available for questions from Councilmembers, the audience, and the media. The event is open to the public and all interested community members are invited to attend.

Representatives of the Pike Pine Urban Neighborhood Council will urge the City of Seattle to leverage the Washington State Convention Center expansion for greater public benefits to the surrounding neighborhoods. I published a refined version of this idea last week, summarizing my graduate thesis work, and on Wednesday I will provide background information on lid park precedents and cost estimates. Architect Chris Patano has also proposed a larger park and civic lid north of Downtown and Doug Trumm at The Urbanist has suggested a greater emphasis on housing.

Outgoing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who did not seek reelection, has been driving the recent interest in lids. It may fall upon Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, recently reelected in District 7 which covers Downtown, to help the idea move forward with the new Council.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Event Writeup, Government, Land Use, Public Participation, Transportation and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s