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12th Avenue Initiative Urban Design
Seattle, Washington

As part of advocacy efforts for improving 12th Avenue, Schemata Workshop began a series of maps that cover 12th Avenue south from Jackson Street and North to John Street. So far, the maps have been used for two purposes: 1) As an analytical tool for advocating the economic development potential if the First Hill Street Car route should it go along 12th Avenue by showing characteristics such as relative building heights, as well as both vacant/parking lots and otherwise under-utilized parcels; 2) To begin the visioning for the “Inner Loop”, whose notion is to link Pioneer Square, the I.D., Little Saigon, Yesler Terrace, Squire Park, Seattle U, and the Pike/Pine Corridor as one continuous, identifiable route joining neighborhoods sharing a common scale and street environment but differing cultural and ethnic heritages, resulting in the most diverse and continuous urban experience in Seattle. As the maps evolve, it is hoped that they can be used by community groups needing graphic assistance in advocating for enhanced urban livability in the Capitol Hill and extended neighborhood areas.