Central Park

by Tom Jamieson

Location: Northeast corner Rainier Avenue South and South Edmunds Street, Columbia City, Seattle

The micro-urban site is located in the heart of Columbia City in south Seattle. The site is a 2-acre parking lot with 4 points of access, two on Rainer Avenue South and two on South Edmunds Street. There are two permanent structures on the site. The largest building is the 18,000 square foot Columbia Plaza, which houses a number of low cost retail spaces. The second permanent structure is the 6,000 square foot Bank of America building, which sits on the south-east corner of the site. The site also features two less permanent structures. A taco truck sits along the east side of the site and attracts diners from the busy traffic along Rainier Avenue. There is also very small storage unit located on the south side of the site, which houses supplies and materials for the Columbia City Farmer’s Market. The farmer’s market occurs at the south-west corner of the site on Wednesday afternoons from May through October.

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Micro Urbanism

The term “micro-urbanism” describes small-scale urban spaces and design interventions that enable a wide variety of activities, events, processes and functions to take place. It also involves ways to reinterpret the urban landscape. As a class project, the purpose for creating this Guide is to bring attention to aspects of our everyday environment that are important but often neglected parts of the urban experiences.

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