Category: Public Realm

Take a Trip to Neighbour’s Alley

Check out this video of about Neighbour’s Alley and a winter celebration hosted by the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict last December with Framework Cultural Placemaking. Videography by Harley Pan Videography.

Last December, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict hosted a winter celebration to activate Neighbour’s Alley. The alley runs between Pike and Pine just east of Broadway in Capitol Hill and has been the focal point of a revitalization effort. The EcoDistrict, in partnership with local businesses and other stakeholders, convened community gatherings in 2018 to determine a vision for the alley. Stay tuned for a report to be released this fall. This work, funded by the Seattle Office of Economic Development‘s Only in Seattle Initiative, the Bullitt Foundation, and Enterprise Community Partners, is part of a larger effort by the EcoDistrict to guide and inform comprehensive public realm planning for the neighborhood.

An Urban Livability MasterClass in Copenhagen


The Urban Livability MasterClass delegation. Photo courtesy of COurban Design Collective.

This August, Capitol Hill EcoDistrict staff are leading a delegation to study world-renowned public spaces and public life in Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden with the goal of bringing home strategies to Capitol Hill. Known as the public realm, open public spaces such as streets, squares,parks, alleys, sidewalks, and other outdoor spaces are a key component to the health, vitality, and livability of individuals and communities. Copenhagen is a global leader in the development of public life in these spaces, and delegates will return with evidence-based practices and professional insight to help develop a shared vision for Capitol Hill’s public spaces.

The delegation includes members of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Steering Committee, Seattle Central College, Sound Transit, the Seattle City Council, the King County Council, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Washington State Department of Transportation, 4Culture, Seattle University, Capitol Hill Housing, Kaiser Permanente, the GSBA, the Capitol Hill Business Alliance, the Bullitt Foundation, Blanton Turner, Shields Obletz Johnson, and consultants from COurban Design Collective and Framework Cultural Placemaking. The Urban Livability MasterClass is supported by the Scan|Design Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

Tune in this fall as delegates share lessons learned and report back.