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.
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.