September 4, 2019

Report: Seattle council member mulls pedestrian ‘superblock’ in Capitol Hill

Nick Bowman writing for MyNorthwest:

Barcelona’s own superblocks cordon off nine square blocks to thru traffic, reduce speed limits, and move parking off of surface streets and into underground garages. As CHS notes, though, a superblock can feature any number of designs, including narrowed roadways, car traffic left exclusively for neighborhood residents, or simply reduced speed limits.

I love this concept. I’ve often noted while either walking or biking I tend to notice my surroundings more. Life seems to slow down and you can take everything in. In a car, you’re in a metal capsule moving at a greater speed with most of your attention given to other cars. It’s with that in mind that I’ll walk to most places within a mile and a half of me.

The closest thing to this in Lincoln is the Haymarket District, where there’s tons of shops and pesdestrian traffic seems to have more rights to entering the street than other parts of town, as people can basically cross whenever. Still, outside of the farmers’ market on Saturdays, pedestrians are still limited to very narrow sidewalks most of the time.