Seattle Streetcar 'Green Light' Cements District's Rebirth

McFall, Kathleen
August 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;8/1/2005, Vol. 255 Issue 5, p17
Trade Publication
The article focuses on urban redevelopment in Seattle, Washington. Seattle's monorail project may be stalled, but the city's recent green light for a 2.6-mile streetcar line linking the central business district with South Lake Union (SLU), a former industrial area to the north, seems likely to cement momentum driving the SLU's transformation. The city has formally designated the area as an urban center targeted to receive 8,000 residential units and 16,000 jobs over the next 15 years. Philanthropist and developer Paul Allen, whose Seattle-based company Vulcan Inc. owns 60 prime acres in the roughly 250-acre district, has been spearheading the revitalization since 1996, despite SLU's rundown infrastructure.


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