Neighborhoods for People
In the spring of 2009, interns Katherine Wimble and Eric Scharnhorst adapted Gehl methodology to conduct a study of the pedestrian environment around three light rail stations (Othello, Mt. Baker, and Beacon Hill) in order to capture baseline data on existing conditions of the areas before Sound Transit operations began. Within a 1/4 mile radius of each of the three stations, they mapped existing infrastructure in the right of way (sidewalks, places to sit, awnings, etc.) as well as spatialized, qualitative data (issues of scale, invitation, eyes on the street, evidence of illicit behavior, etc.). All of the data has been digitized with Arc-GIS and was presented to the City of Seattle and Neighborhood Planning groups.
While working for at Gehl Architects during Autumn 2009, Katherine and Eric produced a guidance document for creating people-friendly neighborhoods, Neighborhoods for People, available to the right.