This Thursday, Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk, there is such a gathering in the alley West of Occidental Avenue, this is behind 314 1st Avenue, also known as Nord Alley.
Alleys are an important part of our city network, providing space for trash, service trucks, underground parking access, deliveries, and fire access. While alleys serve many valuable and irreplaceable functions, they are often wrongly ignored in the day to day city life of Seattle citizens. Alleys can become places for recycling centers and bike storage. They have the potential to foster small businesses and cafés, provide shelter from the elements, create settings for festivals and nightlife, and strengthen the city experience and identity of Seattle. These small but mighty spaces could play an important role for the city, as places for the public, ecological corridors, and community builders.
This team’s alley research began as a project sponsored by the Scan Design Foundation, UW Green Futures Lab, and Gehl Architects. After months of labors of love, the team has finished their report on alleys and would love to share their findings with you on First Thursday. You can also check out their blog at:http://integratedalleys.tumblr.com/