Remaking urban waterfronts...

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Remaking urban waterfronts...

Postby Kevin » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:54 am

Remaking urban waterfronts: not just in Seattle

"Bothell is the latest to get the bug, joining Bellingham, Bremerton, Kirkland, and Port Angeles in creating "collective living rooms" on the shoreline. Seattle remains an embarrassing laggard." ... n-Seattle/

"...Probably the most stunning transformation has been Bremerton, which not long ago was languishing, mired in moribund buildings and seemingly permanent economic doldrums. With much of the downtown land tied up by a single family, the place just sat, an empty husk of what at one time had been a thriving seaport town. Well, those who associate Bremerton with those dreary decades need to see the place now.

"In less than ten years the waterfront has been breathtakingly altered. A waterfront promenade was followed by a splendid new ferry terminal, a prominently-positioned government center that collected a wide array of local, state and regional agencies together. A new conference center added a dramatic civic square anchored by an animated water feature. New condominiums, office buildings, banks, and cafes have pushed aside the row of seedy bars that used to greet people as they disembarked the ferry.

"A couple of years ago, an almost fantastical new park opened next to the ferry terminal with periodically explosive fountains, meandering promenades, and handsomely landscaped belvederes. More recently, the park has been extended, finger-like, into the center of downtown and connecting with shops, the restored Admiral theater and multiscreen movie complex, along with commercial and residential spaces that are under construction. And more is to come.

"All this was initiated by the relentlessly passionate leadership of former mayor Cary Bozeman and continued by the current administration. Ironically, what James Corner Field Operations has proposed for Seattle's central waterfront park has already been done in Bremerton. ..."
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