The Old Town Historic Core planning process focuses on the historic central core of the City’s first business district and primarily, Leary Way, and needs your perspective. This plan addresses elements including the streetscape, character and design, opportunities for art, a marketing and event plan, and opportunities for grant funding and community partnerships, all toward the goal of enhanced economic and neighborhood vitality.
The discussion topics are based on feedback the City received from the Old Town Historic Core Walk & Talk & Nuts & Bolts on June 6, 2014 as well as feedback from Derby Days on July 12, 2014. Overall, the items below include ideas and concerns from approximately 60 people. Please contribute to the community perspective by including your thoughts as well.
Contact Kimberly Dietz, 425-556-2415, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With questions and for additional information, refer to www.redmond.gov/history.
The Walk & Talk & Nuts & Bolts event feedback included many comments that the dumpsters in our Historic Core created an unpalatable atmosphere. Dumpsters serve an important purpose. Providing a way to block them from view could help protect them from vandalism, reduce wear, and lessen their visual impact. Should dumpsters be covered and in what way? How could they be screened from view while still ensuring their access? ...more »
Alleyways are a unique space that can be used to enhance the feel of Old Town. Murals with historic content are one strategy for incorporating history and enhancing alleyway character. What other ways could we improve our alleys?
What styles, placement, and subjects would appeal and inform? Can murals and alleyways serve as gathering places?
Participants of the Walk & Talk & Nuts & Bolts event mentioned that while pamphlets are one way to learn about local history, they aren’t the only possible way. One alternative could be incorporating Redmond’s history into the built environment such as the streetscape. Markers could be incorporated at historic locations to give the feeling of location and provide information about the site history. Etched glass information ...more »
What type of art and structure could be included in the plaza planned for the space between the Justice White House and the Bill Brown Building (Matador)? The first image below demonstrates a playful, child-friendly approach to art and storytelling (Make Way for Duckling by Robert McCloskey, Boston). The second shows a traditional structure with an element of artistic surprise, integrating a mural of sky into the upper ...more »
Feedback from the Walk & Talk & Nuts & Bolts included interest in more public outdoor seating. The majority of interest was in the context of a plaza planned for the space between the Justice White House and the Bill Brown Building (Matador). What type and style of seating would you prefer? The images shown below include a traditional style and a continuation of the style used in the Redmond Central Connector. The ...more »
To enhance the bike-ability of the Historic Core the streetscape could include integrated bicycle parking opportunities. The designs shown here demonstrate one way of incorporating art and history into a utilitarian amenity. In addition, bike racks could include way-finding maps, interpretive signage, and notice boards. What type and design of bike racks would you suggest? How would you suggest they be incorporated ...more »