This is the final part of the Revitalization Committee videos, which discusses the Physical aspects of Pioneer Square. Here’s the clip from Donovan Rypkema:
- Pioneer Square is an amazing historic neighborhood and it needs to be recognized as such
- Density should be increased — but it needs to be a better mix of housing (i.e. not more affordable housing in Pioneer Square)
- The “North Lot” project needs to be built soon — it will bring a lot of residents and development to the neighborhood that we won’t see otherwise
- Buildings like the one on 2nd and Yesler need to be fixed up — they should not be allowed to stay boarded up (see the volunteer page for more info)
- Maintaining public space can’t always be someone else’s responsibility — all of the groups (city, building owner, tenants, etc.) need to work together to get it done
I have one more post coming regarding the presentation by Donovan Rypkema to the Pioneer Square Revitalization Committee. It will include his final recommendations to the committee and how to move forward. The committee will be meeting again next week (open to the public) to discuss next steps.
As a side note (but related), if you look at the Events Calendar, you will see the Trail to Treasure Design Workshop public meeting coming up this Saturday at 6:30pm. This public meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about this effort to create an interpretive trail that will explore the historic and cultural aspects of the square.
So for all of you who have no date on Saturday evening, the group will just be finishing an all day workshop and will present the initial design ideas for the Pioneer Square Trail to Treasure.