Officials had said a discussion with residents and business owners would be the next step in sorting out to do with the Pike/Pine pilot of a closed street zone around the neighborhood’s nightlife core. But SDOT’s plans for Tuesday’s meeting include the pilot — and the large amount of feedback City Hall has received from workers, residents, and store owners alike on ways E Pike could be changed and improved.
The 2015 street closure pilot was an attempt to address issues of crowd control, sidewalk congestion, and LGBTQ visibility and accessibility in the rambunctious Pike/Pine nightlife core of Capitol Hill, and the results indicated overwhelming from participants support for a more pedestrian-friendly corridor, city officials say.
SDOT public space specialist and meeting organizer Seth Geiser tells CHS that Tuesday’s meeting is not, however, going to be focused on extensive structural changes to the area. “That’s not really on the table at this point,” he said.
Instead, the meeting will be an opportunity for community members to brainstorm smaller solutions to the problems they see. Geiser says that one of the biggest themes he has seen in feedback so far is people “grappling with the rate of development and change” and how that development impacts activity on the street.
SDOT and the Office of Economic Development will create a recommendation from the feedback but whether it will look anything like last summer’s pedestrian zone plan is unclear.
The meeting takes place Tuesday, June 14th, at V2 in the old Value Village, 1525 11th Ave, from 5 to 7 PM.