The proposed study area is located within the Westwood/Highland Park neighborhood in the southwest area of the City of Seattle. The study area is a commercial corridor of approximately 25 acres (10 hectares). It traverses one of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan’s designated “Residential Urban Village” areas. The study area will be served by bus rapid transit (BRT) beginning in 2021.
The City’s main expectation is that students envision and communicate how incremental redevelopment strategies can create complete 15-minute neighborhoods that will help Seattle achieve its Climate Action Plan goal of reducing road transportation emissions (currently a large part of Seattle’s GHG emissions), supporting quality of life and more sustainable lifestyle.
These incremental redevelopment strategies can be envisioned for the proposed study area to fill in its “missing teeth” and make walking, biking and transit the preferred modes of travel for residents’ daily needs.
The priority outcome is a portfolio or “toolkit” of strategies with captivating visuals and supportive research that the City can scale up for potential application citywide. Key to the success of an incremental approach to complete neighborhoods, is for strategies to be implementable by local small business, property owners, artists, non-profits and investors, so that improvements bring economic opportunity to the community while livability is improved.
Approx. site area
25 acres (10 ha)
In the Westwood/Highland Park neighborhood approximately 52 percent of residents are persons of color and the median household income is lower than the citywide average.
Priority areas & main City expectations
A key city priority is to achieve a resilient and complete 15-minute neighborhood through incremental development/redevelopment strategies that provide access to opportunity for existing community members. Complete neighborhoods will result in reduced vehicle emissions, cleaner air and reduced carbon footprint. An incremental and creative repurposing of existing developed sites and structures will further lessen carbon outputs resulting from demolition and new construction.