Spring has sprung on Broadway with flowers — and trees now surrounded with recycled tire pavement

Dirt is out on Capitol Hill. Cork covers Cal Anderson’s sports field. And “flexible porous pavement,” slowly but surely, is surrounding Broadway’s trees.

Along with larger efforts like winning the return of homelessness outreach services on the street, the Broadway Business Improvement Area also is marking a smaller win with spring as the first phase in a two-year effort to fill in the street’s tree wells is complete.

Starting with Broadway’s northern end to steer clear of the busy construction scene currently going on around Capitol Hill Station, the BBIA’s tree well project is designed to make the area’s sidewalks easier to navigate and cleaner for everyone. And the trees don’t seem to mind.

Filling the wells is also a safety issue — CHS knows of a few lawsuits against local businesses over the years that also probably inspired the work.

The “pavement” is also relatively earth-friendly as it puts recycled car tires back to work in new form.

The Broadway work joins a city project that filled in the tree wells of E Pike a few years back. By next year, the trees on the south end of the Broadway core will get the treatment.

In the meantime, the BBIA says to watch out for the return of flower baskets on Broadway along with daily watering service funded by its ratepayer and city grant-powered budget. “We can’t wait to see the explosion of colors in the baskets welcoming visitors to Broadway,” the BBIA says.


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20 thoughts on “Spring has sprung on Broadway with flowers — and trees now surrounded with recycled tire pavement

  1. These are one of the best inventions of the 21st Century. So many ankles will be saved. I still think we need to put limits on the sidewalk cafes that cause the need to practically go into the street on some parts of Broadway, but this is definitely a “step” in the right direction!

      • Well, that’s the style of urban design he is advocating – classic car fetishist.

        And don’t look now, but Cap Hill is the densest residential neighborhood in the Pacific Northwest. If you want the strip mall lifestyle, they go on for dozens of miles in every direction as soon as you get out of central Seattle.

      • No he wasn’t. But I’m sure that’s how it looks to an all-or-nothing car hater. When the only tool you see in your bag is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

      • I have a car and I drive it all the time. When was the last time you rode a bike or caught a bus or even walked a mile in the city?

        And once again – Densest Residential Neighborhood in the Pacific Northwest. You guys complaining that there isn’t enough parking around here is the equivalent of a Seattleite going over to Cle Elum and complaining that there aren’t parking meters and underground train stations.

    • Sidewalk cafes end up on public property so why should the public be giving up sidewalk space to benefit private for profit businesses when it ends up reducing public space that is needed for sidewalk, parking, roadway etc?

  2. I love the sidewalks that have the porous pavement covering the base of the sidewalk trees. It makes the sidewalks safer, larger, and easier to navigate, especially if your someone who’s got someplace to be and you don’t have time to dawdle stuck behind a group of people walking side by side as slow as can be.

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