Active Streets

The Active Streets Strategy

active streetsWhen ISI looked at all the construction projects – nearly 20 of them – about to hit Pioneer Square, we sprang to action.

These projects, which range from the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project to the First Hill Streetcar – if well coordinated – could result in active public spaces, an integrated transit system and a fine-grained network of connected streets, parks and alleys. Pioneer Square could be positioned as of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods and a powerful economic driver of Seattle’s downtown. If they aren’t well coordinated? Well… we can’t run the risk. See a map of them here (pdf).

ISI’s Active Streets Strategy compiles these insights with hundreds of hours of in-the-field observations and data into a list of recommendations prioritized by those who live and work in the neighborhood in the 2013 Pioneer Square Active Streets Strategy (pdf). We teamed up with the Alliance for Pioneer Square to identify funding and to submit grants to complete the work. So far the strategy is working. More than half of the recommended improvements from the Active Streets Strategy are funded or pending funding.

There is still work ahead. Accessibility, waterfront connections and infrastructure upgrades are all big tasks. With the help of the updated 2014 Pioneer Square Walking Audit & Active Streets Strategy (pdf), we have a guide for thinking carefully about how to get full value of these investments to make a vibrant place for everyone.

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