“The corner of NE 47th St and Brooklyn Ave NE is a great example of the U District’s past, present and future.” Said Miriam Castro, Program Manager with U District, Let’s Go and volunteer with the U District Mobility Group. “In the distance you can see Link light rail being constructed. Across the way are community cornerstones like the Christ Episcopal Church and University Seafood and Poultry. On either side of the street, there used to be two gas stations that are now empty lots, one of which will be a 24-story apartment building. The neighborhood is undergoing significant change.” With the opening of light rail in 2021, the recently-approved rezone, the pending campus master plan, and other planned infrastructure projects, the U District Mobility Group is ensuring that the community has a say in shaping how the neighborhood is transformed.
The U District Mobility Group, a community-led effort of neighbors, stakeholders, public agencies and nonprofit organizations, is coordinating opportunities to collect community members’ ideas on barriers, opportunities, and potential solutions. The goal is a community-driven, holistic, multimodal U District station area mobility plan.
The first step to getting involved is to attend the community workshops (all workshops are being held at the U Heights Community Center). Here is the schedule:
Not able to make it? You can still get involved by taking the survey to tell us how you get around the U District and your desired improvements.
Check out the U District Mobility Group’s website, sign up for their newsletter, engage in a conversation Twitter or Facebook or drop them a comment.