Physical and Cultural Connections Between Historic Neighborhoods and the New Waterfront
With the Seattle Waterfront slated for a major overhaul, South Jackson Street will be key link between the distinct neighborhoods and this new amenity. South Jackson Street is the sole street that traverses the historic neighborhoods of Chinatown-International District, Little Saigon, Central District, and Pioneer Square. The goal of this project was a community-based understanding of the physical and cultural connections along South Jackson Street, and a prioritized set of actions that will enhance both the neighborhoods and access to the waterfront. Framework teamed with the Wing Luke Museum, SCIDPDA (Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority), and client Historic South Downtown on a community-based process to identify shared priorities, concerns and opportunities to improve the physical and cultural connections along South Jackson Street.
This culminated in the development of a report with a series of community driven recommendations to be used to advocate for strategic implementation of improvements to the public realm. Priority actions included the creation of small “pocket parks” in LIttle Saigon; improvements below Interstate 5; pedestrian improvements at the critical transportation hub including King Street Station and Union Station; and creation of a “story street” along Jackson that highlights the rich cultural history of the corridor.