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March 25, 2013 at 6:07 AM
Seattle could learn from Shoreline
I am on the side of Richard Dyksterhuis regarding sidewalks on pedestrian-unfriendly Aurora Avenue North from North 125th Street to North 145th Street [“Happy warrior battles to tame Aurora,” NWMonday, March 18], but I have just one additional comment: Just cross north across 145th into Shoreline and it’s like entering a new world, with a wider and more attractive Aurora, with sidewalks and curbs.
Seattle annexed this area up to 145th in the 1950s. Shoreline incorporated as a city a little over 10 years ago. When is Seattle going to catch up with Shoreline regarding needed improvements to Aurora Avenue North?
–Bob Fleming, Seattle
March 22, 2013 at 7:35 AM
Alternative to concrete sidewalks
I was very interested in Richard Dyksterhuis’ idea to put double-wide sidewalks along Aurora Avenue from North 125th to 145th Street [“Happy warrior battles to tame Aurora,” NWMonday, March 18]. It is a great idea and would provide much more safety for the people in the region.
However, I would strongly suggest that the sidewalks be made of something other than concrete and perhaps be a pathway. Many of the shoppers I’ve seen in that area are older people and concrete sidewalks are nonresilient and really hard on the spine, especially as we age. I have noticed the difference in walking on concrete compared with walking along the side of the roads in the area where I live in Shoreline. I would much prefer walking on the side of the road to the concrete sidewalks that are in a few places.
If Seattle considers the suggestion of Dyksterhuis, I do hope the planners will check out the different materials that are currently used in walkways. When I have visited my family in Southern California, I have been aware of some of the play areas that are made of recycled materials rather than concrete. They are much safer for children.
–Mary Bartholet, Shoreline
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