Seattle Viaduct

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Original design: High Line Park, New York, NY.

The redesign: Alaskan Way Viaduct State Route 99, Seattle, WA.

How: Owners of water front property could purchase the air rights above the viaduct and collectively transfer the rights to a living trust or revolving fund.

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

Why? One of the problems with the viaduct was that business owners below were concerned about the loss of foot traffic.

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 living solutions.

Living Solutions: As an edible park the trust could collaborated with Seattle Tilth and FareStart, a nonprofit organic gardening and urban ecology organization and a nonprofit restaurant organization that helps homeless/ disadvantaged men and women transform their lives through transferable skill sets by preparing local food in a healthy environment. A cross collaborative solution that addresses homelessness, poverty and hunger.

In addition to the carbon sequestration from the down town traffic, the trees and edible landscape could provided shade from the heat island affect and something beautiful to look at. Or in a word, biophilia. As humans our love of nature and the living world.

Things to consider:

Climate and environment. Seattle has a temperate climate making it a good place to grow srubbery and food but in regards to geography/ geophysics 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.

High Line Park, New York, NY: 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.

Alaskan Way Viaduct State Route 99, Seattle, WA: The Alaskan Way Viaduct is elevated section of State Route 99 that runs along the Elliott Bay waterfront in the industrial district of downtown Seattle. Built in late 1940’s, the viaduct is currently being redesigned to modern seismic standards. “Alaskan Way Viaduct.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 04 Feb. 2014. Web. 05 Apr. 2014. “Viaduct Beginnings.” Alaskan Way Viaduct. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2014.

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