Last night, Waterfront Seattle held a meeting at the Seattle Aquarium which attracted over 1,000 participants (only one hundred or so were expected).
The question they posed to every participant was “What makes a great waterfront?”.
For those unable to attend, you still have time to answer:
Because of the construction of the Deep-bore Tunnel, the Alaskan Viaduct and Seawall will be coming down, and the Seattle Waterfront will be expanded.
This whole thing is very exciting for yours truly. Currently, I am a ten minute walk from Pike Place Market, which means I will be a 15 minute walk (or 5 minute bike ride) from the new waterfront.
Personally, I’ll be happy with most anything they come up with, but I do have two things on my wish list:
1) Do not waste one, single, solitary square foot on the scourge known as “parking”. Parking is dead space. It encourages driving and has no business in an urban core.
2) Put the Waterfront Streetcar back into service. The stations are still there (although in disrepair), and so are the tracks (again, in disrepair). I think the reinstatement of this train should be a high priority.
Aside from that, I’ll just be happy to have a spot on the sound to hang out. Currently, I spend a great deal of time in Victor Steinbrueck Park, and while it’s a great park, it’s not actually on the Waterfront.
If you have thoughts/opinions on the project, be sure to click on the link above and make yourself heard.
The “new” Waterfront will not be completed until 2018, but some portions of it may be available as soon as 2013.
Update: A good article about the new waterfront, complete with rendering: