Monday, October 22, 2012

Mayor Marchione's Vision for the Downtown core in 2030

According to October, 2012 *city-data: 2300 residents currently live in the Downtown Urban Center "neighborhood"; that's only 18% of the number of residents (13000) targeted to live in "the neighborhood" within 18 years.   

The following, is the John Marchione Administration's 2030 Vision for Redmond's Downtown Urban Center as found in his Preliminary Operating Budget 2013-2014.

"Downtown Redmond is a vibrant mix of businesses, residences, and open  spaces.  It's a destination where residents meet in their favorite bakery or take in an open-air concert at the Downtown Park.  Residents and visitors walk along the tree-lined streets from shop to shop, or along the Sammamish River Trail, or Central Connector Trail, for exercise and relaxation. 

The "Downtown Neighborhood" is an urban village with a sense of its own history.  The one square mile neighborhood houses approximately 13,000 residents and 12,400 jobs, providing support to the neighborhood's restaurants, shops, services, and cultural/entertainment venues. 

Downtown residents and workers rarely use their cars to get around the neighborhood, as light rail, convenient bus service, and friendly walking and bicycling environments provide fun, interesting and health transit options within "the neighborhood," as well as to Bellevue and downtown Seattle."

*Source:  Urban Center Element of the Comprehensive Plan link 

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