A City Defining Connection from the Lake to the Bay
The institutions and organizations that are building the neighborhood are changing the way we live–the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Amazon headquarters, University of Washington Medicine, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science, among many others. As the area continues to be built out, there has been a growing recognition that the area has not lived up to its potential as a high-quality urban environment that supports creative thinking. A coalition of stakeholders and civic leaders, called the Lake2Bay Coalition, held facilitated brainstorming sessions in 2013, generating a great deal of enthusiasm about how organizations could work together to change the Lake to Bay zone into a thriving model for urban life.
Second, a public realm framework plan is being developed, focusing on the streets and parks that form the critical “glue” between activities of daily life in these neighborhoods. Through these steps, we hope to see the powerhouse of Seattle’s economic and creative energy become a center of community activity and quality of life to match its quickly growing importance.