Seattle’s Public Life – Making it the Most Walkable City in America
Seattle has just completed the most in-depth study of public spaces Downtown ever conducted in a U.S. city. The International Sustainability Institute led a team that included the City of Seattle and the University of Washington’s Green Futures Lab to bring the expertise of Copenhagen-based Gehl Architects to Seattle.
About Gehl Architects:
Gehl is a world-wide leader at creating walkable and livable public spaces. The firm has worked in more than 400 cities and on six continents, ushering in a paradigm shift in planning. The firm collects extensive and detailed data to quantify how many people are walking and what they are doing in public spaces.
The Seattle Study suggests long-term strategies as well as quick-wins for the city. Study Boundaries: Stewart St. to King St. Station; I-5 to the Waterfront. Get the Public Space | Public Life Study here!
- Pedestrian and stationary counts, winter and summer
- 40 Quality Characteristics evaluated for every street and alley, block-by-block
- Interviews with 1,300 downtown pedestrians
- All data is mapped to GIS and assessments can be replicated for apple-to-apple comparisons