Concept design

We've incorporated the feedback we've received from public events and stakeholder meetings into our design, recognizing that current uses along Pike and Pine are vital to success.

Click the map below to explore the full block-by-block proposed improvements for Pike and Pine streets. Then read on to learn more about the design in different areas of the corridor, including example images, sketches of proposed improvements and cross-sections of each block.

Map of full concept design of proposed improvements for Pike and Pine streets between First and Melrose avenues

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1st – 4th avenues

Current conditions

  • High pedestrian volumes
  • Inconsistent sidewalk conditions
  • Transit hub
  • Low vehicular volumes
Crowds of pedestrians walking on Pine Street between 3rd and 5th avenues

Current conditions. Photo credit: DSA

People waiting at a bus stop

Current conditions

What we've designed

Curbless shared street during a festival event with food trucks and booths

Curbless shared streets near Pike Place Market

Transit station entrance with transparent glass for increased visibility and legibility

Increased legibility at transit station entrances

Good condition sidewalk paving

Repaved sidewalks and crosswalks

University District parklet during a street fair, including seating

Space for activation

What we've heard

"Pike between 2nd and 1st should be a shared street. There is enough pedestrian traffic to demand this."
January 2017 open house
"I like the idea of improving the transit entry. Let people see the transit entrance without putting lots of clutter in front."
Sounding Board member
"Obstacles on Pike between 3rd Ave and 1st Ave make navigation difficult, including broken pavement."
Online feedback
"As a property and business owner on this block, we'd love to participate in streetscape improvements here."
Sounding Board member

What will it look like?

Pike facing west from 2nd

Existing (click to enlarge)

Design sketch of proposed improvements on Pike Street between 1st and 2nd avenues including wider sidewalks, curbless shared street for all modes of travel, movable seating and more.

Proposed (click to enlarge)

Pine facing east from 3rd

Existing (click to enlarge)

Proposed (click to enlarge)


4th – 9th avenues

Current conditions

  • Strong retail frontages
  • Good sidewalk conditions
  • Successful programming
Nighttime photo of transparent frontages and building-mounted lighting on Pine Street between 8th and 9th avenues

Current conditions

People walking near Pine Street and 6th Avenue, an area with strong retail frontages and wide, good-condition sidewalks

Current conditions

What we've designed

2-foot by 2-foot crosswalk paving

Enhance paving and crosswalks

Street trees

Infill missing trees and prune existing trees

Two-globe pedestrian lighting near Pacific Place

Lighting and landscaping to tie to full corridor

People sitting on movable furniture and eating near a food truck in Westlake Park

Build on successful activation and programming. Photo credit: DSA

What we've heard

"Lively, active space!"
January 2017 open house
"I love visiting Westlake Park when events are happening."
Online feedback
"I want entertainment and businesses open later, and more active gathering spaces past 6-9 pm."
January 2017 open house
"I'd love to see some designs on how to solve the most challenging intersections."
Online feedback
"Great frontage and street trees."
January 2017 open house

9th – Melrose avenues

Current conditions

  • Connection between downtown and Capitol Hill
  • Loud freeway overpasses
  • Narrow sidewalks and low railings
  • Imbalance between pedestrian space and vehicle space
People walking on Pike Street at Melrose Avenue, alongside existing vertical landscaping

Current conditions

One person walking up freeway overpass on Pine Street along bridge railings, overlooking I-5

Current conditions

What we've designed

People walking on a wide pedestrian sidewalk on a bridge

Wider sidewalks, buffering pedestrians from freeway noise. Photo credit William Murphy

High railings on a bridge with integrated pedestrian lighting

Higher railings with integrated lighting

Landscaping along a city sidewalk

Increased landscaping

Lighted artistic gateway markers signalling the entrance to a neighborhood

Gateway markers

What we've heard

"Terrible pedestrian experience across I-5 to Cap Hill; add lushness and widen sidewalks."
January 2017 open house
"Difficult areas are the lengthy intersections crossing Iā€5 and the noise."
Online feedback
"The intersections around the freeway can definitely be tricky to navigate."
January 2017 open house
"Add street trees on the I-5 overpasses, which are in dire need of 'sprucing up'."
Online feedback
"Pine going east of 9th has poor street vitality until reaching Melrose."
Online feedback

What will it look like?

Pine facing west from 9th

Existing (click to enlarge)

Proposed (click to enlarge)

Pike facing east from 9th

Existing (click to enlarge)

Proposed (click to enlarge)


Cross-sections

Pike St

All cross-sections facing east

Pine St

All cross-sections facing east