How Close Can We Get to A European Style Pedestrian Street?

With the development boom of South Lake Union on the horizon, Terry Avenue North held the promise of a distinctive pedestrian spine at the heart of a new neighborhood. Terry Avenue North Street Master Plan is one of the Seattle’s first street concept plans, and a test case for maximizing pedestrian use of the right-of-way. Already partially built out with’s headquarters, new biotech facilities, and a new streetcar, the Terry Avenue Master Plan is now used as a national model for conceptual thinking and better street design.
One of the key design concepts is to treat the street as a full volume with a series of clustered uses, rather than a simple extruded, linear section. Terry Avenue North was an opportunity to test this clustered approach to streetscape, with 31 feet of space available on the east side for pedestrians, landscaping, bicycles, and short-term parking. Larger plaza spaces were created adjacent to building entries, and pedestrian desire lines were encouraged across the entire length of the street, while larger landscape areas were added to support healthier trees and plantings. 

Framework Principal, Lesley Bain was Project and Design Lead  

Seattle Department of Transportation
Seattle Department of Planning and Development

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Landscape Architecture
SvR, Civil Engineers
Candela, Lighting Design

 Top Photo by Joe Iano 

We love the way people are using the plaza and the wide pedestrian spaces. Terry Avenue feels like the center of an urban campus where people can enjoy being outdoors and mixing with each other.

Sharon Coleman, Director, Real Estate Development, Vulcan

We've raised the bar on streetscape design.

Lyle Bicknell, City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development