Last night Feet First (great pedestrian advocacy group) hosted their second Walk & Talk tour guided by Tom Rasmussen. The tour started in the Triangle of West Seattle (bounded by 35th, Alaska, and Fauntleroy) and headed east stopping at destinations along the way, ending at a casual reception.
The first stop was the YMCA followed by the new “Link” development. The Triangle is an interesting area. Up until just a year or two ago the whole area consisted mostly of light manufacturing and auto dealership, a large number of which are out of business now. The area is prime for redevelopment, due to its location and underlying zoning. As a casual observer of developments in this area over the last few years it’s interesting how omnipresent the themes of transition and parking are.
More after the jump.
Several large developments are stalled due to the economy while Link is set to open sometime next year. I was surprised and very please with how Harbor Properties, which is developing Link, chose to deal with parking in the development. A majority of the parking is provided below grade, with an off-site surface lot acting as a relief valve. This is a great solution for a transitional area like this where demand for parking from residents could be higher than supply in the garage, but will most certainly shrink as the area becomes denser and a car-free lifestyle becomes easier.
While this area of West Seattle has always enjoyed good service to downtown Seattle, Harbor Properties certainly is hyping RapidRide which will stop just a block away. They will be including a real-time information display in the lobby of the building. For those interested in a bit of back story about the RapidRide alignment wrangling check out the West Seattle Blog. Additionally, there is a Triangle Advisory Workgroup dealing with issues in the area. Take a look through some of the documents if you are interested.
UPDATE 12:28 Detailed map of RapidRide C Line with BAT lanes and TSP.