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1950 photo of Alaskan Way sewer replacement, courtesy of Seattle Municipal archives

April 28 is coming. Can we help?

Don't panic! Do you know where your towel is? [shout out to any fellow followers of The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.]

We know that the DEIS can be overwhelming. But let us help you approach it.

Take a deep breath.

Think about where you travel and what you do in the historic south downtown neighborhoods. Do you go out to eat in Pioneer Square? Take your kids to classes at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, Little Saigon Creative Space, Chong Wa, or One World Now? Shop at Uwajimaya? Bike to Occidental Park? 

Now think about doing that in another 10 years. What do you want PSQ and the CID to look like, feel like? What is your primary worry about things that will change? Are you worried about a favorite small business, about affording your rent, about traffic or transit? What about historic or cultural places you love? What do you think your children or grandchildren will need?

THAT is where you start with this. Dream of the future and then think of what you most want the neighborhoods to be.

[photo above taken in 1950, Alaskan Way sewer replacement. Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives, item 43074]

How was your visioning? 

Now go back to the basics. Look at the maps, with alignments up 4th or 5th. Keep your vision in mind. These drawings show you where the station entrances will be.

NOW check out our new summary report, prepared by our consultants, Angela Battazzo of Next Bold Move, and Jamie Strausz-Clark of Third Sector Intelligence. All the information in the summary is taken from the DEIS, pulled together so that all the details relating to the  proposed CID station are in one place.

Look at the Station Planning report. All of the different ideas have impacts. What matters most to each person or organization will vary. There are tradeoffs to each option. HSD is here to help you find the information you need to draw your own conclusions. 
Last but not least: Maps!

Our map tool shows both street and traffic impacts AND which parcels will be affected by the project. 

You can click through the 5 different ideas, look at the street and property impacts, and look at what is construction impacts versus property impacts.

Actually Last: Ask a real person

Kathleen and MaryKate will both have office hours in April to help you make sense of the DEIS. Make an appointment and talk with us by phone, by video chat, or maybe even in person (we're watching COVID numbers).

You can also ask Sound Transit directly -- definitely ask them if you have a question about engineering or any real estate purchases.

Just remember, no decisions have been made, and this is the time to ask ALL your questions and get answers. We're here to help.
WSBLE Advocacy
Each different station idea has impacts to our neighborhoods, and we have until April 28th, 2022 to comment on these impacts. Every comment counts!
HSD is here to help. Please check out our website to find great resources. Share this email. Follow us on social media. Send us questions. 
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NO final decisions about where the tunnel and station will be located have been made yet. Your comments count.

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