Space Around the Road

by Jeffrey Lam

Location: NE 45th St.and University Way

Expanding on my previous idea on newspaper dispensers, I decided to include bus stop areas. Bus stops provide a common waiting place for inhabitants. They are a product of the urban need for mass transit. I will be focusing on the everyday urbanism right by campus on the Ave. 45th Street is a major exit off Interstate 5 leading to the heart of the University District. Recently polled as one of Seattle’s Top Ten Busiest Streets, my site offers a look to the sides of the street where people avoid cars. In my site I find the more traffic, the more people, the bigger the space. My site is quite ordinary, informal, overlooked, and repetitive. Bus stops are found every block. On 45th Street, the inhabitants are focused on the dangers that surround them- errant drivers being a large concern. It is not uncommon to see a street vendor selling art on the sidewalk near the bus stops. Space designed for the traffic of walkers and people waiting for the bus becomes a place for selling. Visually, the space that makes up the bus stop is created by the function of everyday action of taking the bus and waiting.

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