Remember that line item in the mayor’s budget to add more than $300,000 to the Summer Streets budget to expand the community street parties into bigger and likely much more popular open streets events? Well just in case you don’t already think it’s the coolest idea in the entire budget, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways put together this excellent video to seal the deal:
Basically, Seattle already has two big open streets programs: Summer Streets and Bicycle Sunday. By smashing those two concepts together, a revamped Summer Streets could feature a Sunday afternoon loop of car-free neighborhood streets connecting parks and other neighborhood destinations similar to Portland’s extremely popular Sunday Parkways.
In order to make it happen in 2015, the city will need to seek sponsorships to augment the mayor’s proposed budget additions. So really, the city investment would yield more than that amount in public benefit.
Oh, and if you happen to be the marketing director of a big Seattle business looking to promote community building, you should get in touch with the mayor’s office.