Lake City relies heavily on retail commerce, and business in the area has risen and fallen based on highway expansion in the Seattle area. The expansion of Aurora Avenue North to Everett, Washington cut into business in the 1920s, but Lake City revived after NE 130th Street was paved. The opening of Northgate Mall in 1950 reduced retail business in Lake City, and the area took another hit after the construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s. Renovation of the city core along Lake City Way NE near NE 125th Street helped revive the local economy in the late 1970s.
Despite the presence of many other businesses and public art displays, many outside of the area thought of Lake City only in terms of its many used car dealerships.
Now fast forward to 2013 and we are at a crossroads of opportunity for the region, again. The rapid influx of new residents, housing and business has given the area a new focus on transportation and safety for commuters, bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles alike.The community has begun the process of exploring new directions for the area with the help of the University of Washington.
Several meetings and open houses are focused on what Lake City Way will be in the near and far future. We will post meetings on our calendar, add presentations to this website and list ways you can become involved.
Complete Streets: Lake City Way Presentation
Paula Reeves from WSDOT, Susan McLaughlin from SDOT discussed the concept of Complete Streets. They illustrated examples of successful transformations of other communities and potential strategies for our region.
May 28, 2013
Taming Lake City Way
Kevin Shively of Nelson/Nygaard Consultants, a Transportation Specialist, took us through a series of examples his firm has deployed throughout North American and Europe.
May 28, 2013