Frequently Asked Questions
What is a 'Green Street'?
Green Streets are designed to give priority to pedestrian circulation and open space over other transportation uses, but ensure emergency response for public safety is not adversely impacted. The treatments may include sidewalk widening, landscaping, traffic calming, and other pedestrian-oriented features. The purpose of a Green Streetis to enhance and expand public open space, and to reinforce desired land use and transportation patterns on appropriate City street right-of-way.
The City of Seattle has made a roadmap in 2015 for what the three Green Street look like in the U District. This conceptual plan is being revised currently.
How will NE 42nd Street differ from NE 43rd Street?
We are still in the planning phase of any changes to NE 42nd Street, and your input can help shape the outcome. The first survey asks for opinions of how 43rd is working for us, or can be improved. For example, street vegetation, sidewalk and roadway elevation, and stormwater runoff. Without the need to accommodate transit, as it is on NE 43rd, this project can focus on traffic calming measures to encourage more pedestrian uses. This includes the ability for this two-block area to host temporary festivals.