Visions of Vibrancy: Seattle

April 23, 2015 10 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

The vibrancy of cities comes in all shapes and sizes. Many believe that what works in internationally known cosmopolitan settings may not be applicable for cities such as Jacksonville, which have struggled with embracing walkability. If we look hard enough, we may realize that this type of view should be challenged. Despite the diversity around the globe, all lively cities, downtowns, and urban cores have something in common: being pedestrian friendly. Today, Metro Jacksonville visits the streets of a Pacific Coast peer: Seattle.



Belltown

Belltown is the most densely populated neighborhood in downtown Seattle.
In recent decades it has transformed into a neighborhood of trendy restaurants, boutiques, nightclubs, and residential towers as well as warehouses and art galleries.

Jacksonville Connection: Brooklyn is rapidly becoming Jacksonville's version of Belltown.

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Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square is downtown Seattle's oldest area. It is known for its exquisite Victorian and Edwardian Era architecture, classic restaurants, bars and nightlife, extensive furniture, rug and antique shopping, and art galleries. It is also home to CenturyLink Field and Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC.

Jacksonville Connection: East Bay Street is downtown Jacksonville's oldest section.

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Photo tour by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com


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