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Seattle’s Bike Community

by Leslie Gianna Clark

Location: 2323 East Cherry Street in the Central District every Sunday 2pm-5pm

3 examples of the bike community in Seattle:

The Bikery” is a volunteer run bicycle resource center established within the past year. They have a very well thought out mission statement that aims to address a number of social issues through education of bike repair, anti oppression, and clean urban environments. A bike clinic, held on Sundays from 2-5 is one of the direct connections that the organization has to the community. Currently located at the Garfield Community Center on 23rd Ave and Cherry Street in Seattle the bike clinic is free and open to all. Initially, when the clinic began, it was held in a parking lot at a few different locations. Since the weather has gotten cooler, the clinic has moved indoors.

Seattle Critical Mass” is a performance of civil disobedience that happens the last Thursday of every month. This event is a product of the coming together of a group of people to take over the street for a short period of time. This demonstration signifies to the larger Seattle community that there are other forms of transportation that deserve the use of the road.

“Bike Swap” is an event put together my members of the bike community and vendors to sell bikes and bike parts at discounted rates. It takes place in an old Naval hanger at Magnuson Park temporarily taking over a large portion of the hanger area with a discounted marketplace for the bike community.


Community Participation in Greenwood Park

by Brady Leea

Location: 602 N 87th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

The site chosen for this project is Greenwood Park. Greenwood Park is a small city park that is located between Fremont and Evanston Avenues between N. 87th and N. 88th streets. The park was built as a demonstration project for environmentally oriented construction and was a pilot project for porous concrete.

Play areas for both older and younger children, seating, picnic tables, a restroom, and an interpretative element that depicts the parks history with relation to the Interurban train have been incorporated into the design of this public space.

The property was purchased using the Pro Parks Levy funds and the implementation of the design was directed by a dedicated group of community volunteers known as the Friends of Greenwood Park [FOGP]. The community was encouraged to participate throughout the design process in the making of this park.

Combining Art, Nature and Commerce

by Dan Jones

Location: Intersection of 78th Ave SE and SE 28th St. Mercer Island, WA 98040

There are many aspects of my selected site that make it a good example of an urban landscape. To start off, it is home to a wide range of people and commuters. Though this space focuses around a three way intersection for cars, there are many other forms of transportation utilized within this site including walking, bike riding, and skateboarding, all of these can be seen in my pictures. I recently traveled back to the site for further evaluation and noticed a wheal chair ramp to assist people in wheal chairs to get from the sidewalk above to McDonalds outdoor seating area. As well as the wide range of accessibility to this site, there are also many features that make it a place for people to not just travel through, but stop and stay a while. There is an abundance of benches and seating areas surrounding this intersection. People could sit down if they are tired, or just sit and enjoy the area. Some of these benches are actually incorporated into the artwork and landscape of the site, creating the borders around planters and platforms for artwork. In addition to the fluid atmosphere, seating areas, artwork and plants, the buildings around the site are made up of a variety of shops, restaurants and apartments allowing pedestrians to easily walk form their home to these businesses through this site.

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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