Seattle Viaduct

Seattle Viaduct reimagined as the Highline Park, NYC, NY

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What Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle, WA.

How Trustees purchase the air rights above the viaduct and collectively transfer the rights to a revolving fund.

Original design High Line Park, New York, NY.

Similarities The Viaduct would be an edible, waterfront park with collaborative opportunities with local businesses, urban agrarians and dedicated volunteers.


  • Business owners below the viaduct were concerned about the loss of foot traffic.
  • Community and tourism. Loss of a million dollar view.

Incentive Aside from the write off (there’s always a way work with numbers), trustees of the viaduct would be leaving a living legacy with working solutions.

Working Solutions As an park the Trust could collaborated with Seattle Tilth and FareStart. A cross collaborative solution that addresses homelessness, poverty, community and hunger.

  • Seattle Tilth is a nonprofit organic gardening and urban ecology organization.
  • FareStart is a nonprofit restaurant organization that helps homeless and disadvantaged men and women transform their lives through transferable skill sets by preparing local food in a healthy environment.

In addition to the carbon sequestration from the down town traffic, the trees and edible landscape could provided something beautiful to look at and encourage tourism. As humans our love of nature and the living world.

Items to consider

Climate Seattle has a temperate climate making it a good place to grow srubbery and food.

Seismology Seattle sits on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. An active region where two tectonic plates or fragments of earth move toward one another. “Earthquake Sources of the PNW.” Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014.

The High Line The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line; a non-for-profit conservancy make up of community goers who sought to preserve and transform the historical structure at a time when its beauty was at threat for demolition. By working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Friends of the High Line make sure the High Line is maintained and continues to blossom as an extraordinary space for all visitors to enjoy. “Park Information.” The High Line. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014.

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