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February 18, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Pike-Pine corridor: Neighborhoods need improvement as well

This rendering shows how this section of Second Avenue could look. (GUSTAFSON GUTHRIE NICHOL)

I see that the city gave the Downtown Seattle Association a $150,000 grant, part of which went to developing a plan to improve the Pike-Pine corridor [“Pike-Pine corridor focus of design ideas to spur renaissance,” Local News, Feb. 12]. Apparently the association wants to have a “world-class destination corridor,” similar to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Here we go again, with our world-class city obsession. With this foot in the door, I wonder how much more money they’ll get from city coffers to carry out this vision, while our neighborhoods wallow in second-class status. For example, where I live, there are hardly any sidewalks, protected bike lanes, or curbs and drains.

We have, in our neighborhood, the same problem downtown property owners have — disbursed ownership and interests. However, they have what we don’t have — a well-funded organization (thanks to the city) with the greatest incentive of all: to make money for its members.

While ours is not world-class stuff, being able to safely walk and bike to stores would strengthen our small businesses and improve our physical health, but we can’t do it. Meanwhile, rainwater pouring over our potholed streets adds to the unsightliness of our neighborhoods.

Yes, I know the city encourages, and sometimes funds, improvements in outlaying neighborhoods, but I wonder how much more interest we’d get from the city if we didn’t have to compete with the Downtown Seattle Association.

Robert Koch, Seattle

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