How Public Spaces are Being Transformed Around the World

A Brazilian urban planning collective called Urb-i is scouring Google Street View images to find the best examples of public spaces that have been transformed from car-oriented streets to pedestrian and bike-friendly promenades. Check out the stunning before and after images in this article from Tech Insider that demonstrates the power of re-imagining public spaces, and then visit Google Street View to see if you can find some local examples, such as this one we clipped of 2nd and Bell in Belltown. We can’t wait until Melrose Promenade is counted among these inspiring examples of pedestrian-oriented public spaces.

2ndBell 2007 2ndBell 2015

Melrose Promenade: central span of 3.5 mile neighborhood greenway

Coming soonBMP Map 2017 to a city near you: the Melrose Promenade.

The City of Seattle has identified the entire length of Melrose Avenue as the central section of a 3.5-mile long neighborhood greenway that will span from Eastlake on the north through Melrose to First Hill on the south. The Seattle Department of Transportation will be planning in 2015, and implementation is scheduled to be complete by 2017.

While this is a major victory for the Melrose Promenade, our advocacy cannot stop yet. The City will carry out significant public engagement in their planning process, and it’s our jobs to make sure that the community-generated, community-support Melrose Promenade plan remains at the forefront of their minds.

Stay tuned for when and where the City’s community outreach events will take place, and when they do, please come out and show your support for safe, healthy, and happy streets.

Check out SDOT’s full report here:¬†BMP Implementation Plan 2015-2019.

Melrose Promenade Visioning Project Report Now Available!

Our community vision for the Melrose Promenade project is continuing to take shape!

MP Report Cover

After a series of three public meetings earlier this year, our consultants from the Berger Partnership, Schemata Workshop, and Weinstein | AU have collaborated to produce a report capturing the range of ideas, dreams, and goals for Melrose Promenade.

MP Active Urban

Thank you to the many volunteers who planned and participated in the community visioning process, to our consultants, the City of Seattle, the Seattle Parks Foundation, and everyone else who contributed. This process was made possible by a $20,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from the City’s Department of Neighborhoods.


Join us for our 3rd Community Visioning Meeting!

When: 6 – 8pm, Weds. March 20

Where: Broadcast Coffee (1623 Bellevue Avenue)

Our consultants from the Berger Partnership, Weinstein | AU, and Schemata Workshop have been hard at work preparing a proposal that reflects the community desires expressed during our first two visioning meetings, as well as our via our online survey, which more than 120 of you completed (Thanks everyone!)

At the meeting, we’ll be reviewing feedback generated at our previous community meetings and providing further input on the proposed concept plan that our consultants have prepared for the Melrose Promenade.

Couldn’t make it to our last meeting? Here is the slideshow¬†that was presented showing the community’s responses to our survey.


2nd Community Visioning Meeting Next Weds.

Our community visioning process is now in full swing!

Join us for our second community visioning meeting, where we will review the feedback generated at last month’s kickoff meeting, as well as the results from more than 120 responses to our online survey.
In addition, we’ll get a chance to review some preliminary design ideas for various aspects of the Promenade, and suggest our own ideas for things we’d like to see included.

Hope you can join us! Visit our Facebook event page.

Check out these photos from our first community visioning meeting in January:



Melrose Promenade Site Plan, Boards from Meeting #1

Check out this helpful site plan that our friends at the Berger Partnership created. This helps give a sense for the different segments within the Melrose Promenade, including the “Greenway”, the “Overlook”, and the “Active-Urban” areas.

Melrose Promenade Site Map

Also, if you’re interested in seeing many of the ideas that were generated at the first community visioning meeting, check out these question boards, which include notes taken at the meeting.

Our consultants will be giving a full run-down of feedback received at the upcoming Melrose Promenade Advisory Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6pm at the Capitol Hill Library.

First Community Visioning Meeting a Big Success!

Thanks to everyone – our engaged neighbors, our consultants, our advisory committee and partner organizations, and our host Broadcast Coffee – for contributing to an outstanding kickoff for our community visioning process. About 35 of us participated in this positive, forward-looking discussion for how we can build a better Promenade together.

A more detailed recap of the event, as well as photos, are soon to come, but in the meantime, please complete the following Survey Monkey poll to share your ideas for the Melrose Promenade (for both those who could and those who couldn’t attend in person).