David Brewster has plenty of new ideas of what to do with Seattle Center, the city’s rundown civic space. Skip Berger, who once suggested a biodiesel factory be built on the current site of the Olympic Sculpture Park, has got to be pissed:
The three alternatives all take out the Fun Forest, including the drab building housing bumper cars and video games. And they all dramatically remodel Center House, a former armory, by putting in a large glass roof and blowing out the east and west walls for lots more transparency, better restaurants, and improved theaters. The committee had some serious debates about demolishing Center House and putting its uses in a new facility closer to the perimeter of the campus (as FROG urges) but decided to keep the old building in place as “the center of the Center.”
The Green Window scheme, option 3, gains eight acres of new open space by lidding the stadium and also creates a more open feeling in the area around Broad Street and the Space Needle. The East-West Axis plan, option 4, opens up the areas around Key Arena, creating long promenades and vistas from the lower Queen Anne area all the way across the campus to Fifth Avenue North, where the new Gates Foundation complex will be built. August Wilson Way, a new walkway to the south of the theater lineup (Rep, Intiman, Ballet, Opera) would also articulate this promenade and might even have a slow streetcar along that stretch, linking South Lake Union to the waterfront trolley.
There’s so much for a anti-density guy to hate!
More amenities means more growth. We’ll see condos filled with people who weren’t born in Seattle. People will stop driving their Subarus and ride the streetcar. Without the Fun Forest, how will we keep property values down?
Maybe a biodiesel factory…