Larch Lab’s founder has an op-ed in today’s Seattle Times, on how pedestrianizing Pike Place would prioritize safe streets and the city’s commitment to Vision Zero, result in positive public health outcomes, and enable climate action
Eliason’s op-ed highlighted that the IPCC’s Working Group III report stated cities need to de-prioritize private vehicles, and re-democratize streets for green mobility and blue-green infrastructure. Every one of Seattle’s Urban Villages should have spaces like this, and downtown neighborhoods as well.
We could start with Pike Place.
Not only would (finally) closing Pike Place to cars enable climate action – it would provide a multitude of co-benefits such as improved livability and safer streets. The sheer number of cars in the region, and the size of them – has increased dramatically since the 1970s. It would also improve public health outcomes for the residents, tourists, patrons, and workers at the market. Markets the world over have solved the dance of logistics and car-free streets.
It’s time Seattle finally caught up!