Seattle waterfront model on view at central library
14-foot model now at Seattle Central Library gives hint of what the city’s future waterfront will be like.
What will it be like to stroll along downtown Seattle’s waterfront in, say, 2017 or 2019?
A 14-foot-long scale model of the 26-block stretch along Elliott Bay — on display at Seattle’s Central Library — offers some hints.
There’ll be an airy, plazalike “Overlook Walk” below Pike Place Market. Between Lenora and Bell streets, crisscrossing roadways and staircases will lead to two pocket parks: Belltown Bluff and Blanchard Street Overlook. And an actual beach with pebbles and sand is planned for a one-block stretch just south of Colman Dock.
The model is a teaser, showing the layout without giving much detail. Buildings are stark white ghosts of themselves. Even the marine traffic — ferries, cruise ships, the Victoria Clipper — is represented with bland vessel-shaped “footprints.” (Gee, couldn’t someone have sprung for a few model ships to add some color?)
But what’s there is an eye-catcher. Last week, library patrons kept being sidetracked by the model, drawn into the fantasy of what a waterfront boulevard will be like with no noisy viaduct looming over it. You can find out more at www.waterfrontseattle.org. The model stays on display through Jan. 3, 2013, on Level 3 of the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
Michael Upchurch: firstname.lastname@example.org
This article, published Nov. 19, 2012, was corrected Nov. 19, 2012. An earlier version of this story listed an incorrect address for more information; those interested can go to waterfrontseattle.org.