September 29

Deadline tomorrow for Northgate design feedback



The arrival of light rail isn’t the only thing that’s coming to Northgate in the next eight years.

The city is also in the process of developing the appropriate urban framework to support a new and improved transit center in the area, which means the chances it will affect Maple Leaf are about 100 percent.

Luckily, your opinion is sought on the draft of the so-called Northgate Urban Design Framework, but you only have until tomorrow, Sept. 30, to submit feedback. The draft plan:

  • Identifies key design concepts for Northgate’s Urban Center to create a healthier, more livable, and denser mixed-use community with more houses and shopping opportunities
  • Illustrates recommended street improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit users
  • Identifies design advice for the area closest to the light rail station, where future development will add to the growing area

Goals of the plan are to:

  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle connections to and from the transit center
  • Make transit transfers more convenient
  • Encourage attractive and engaging public spaces and streetscapes
  • Increase access to affordable housing
  • Strengthen the community’s sense of place
  • Create a healthy and sustainable community

Here is the link to the Northgate Urban Design draft (pdf), and to the accompanying survey, which is due tomorrow, Sept. 30.

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  1. I understand what you say about the survey ranking. After you put in 1 it looks like it fills in the rest but you just need to soldier on with your “corrections”. I thought there were sensible questions and room to write in as well. Of course the city has to ask the neighbors what they think. Then comes the spin. Pick just one thing you are REALLY passionate about and give it all you’ve got.

  2. Perhaps the survey is designed to be misleading and difficult for a reason. My hunch is this survey is as meaningful as the “advisory vote,” which cost about a million dollars (USD), back in March of 2007, on “whether or not to” construct a tunnel roadway and tear down the Viaduct.

    Does anyone, save for handful of political junkies, even remember how that vote went down? It certainly didn’t matter to (then) Governor Gregoire and most of the other “decision makers” now did it?

    Sometimes, the fix is in and all the surveys or elections held are just what the old PR pros used to call “dog and pony shows.”

  3. This survey makes no sense, try and enter some numbers into the first nine options. It doesn’t make sense at all. It doesn’t work. Try it and tell me what it is doing in a way that makes sense.


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