Let’s use our alleys.
This is the message Seattle residents and businesses are emoting, and on top of the list for a makeover is the Canton Alley in the Chinatown International District.
And why not? A makeover will allow residents in the ID and tourists easier accessibility to Canton Alley’s illustrious history, will promote tourism, invigorate business, and increase foot traffic in Chinatown.
Nakano Associates will be tackling the project. Shown is a rendering of what the initial concept will look like.
The changes on the alley overhaul plans include:
— There will be new lighting, proposed permanent red lanterns
— The alley surface will be concrete with concrete pavers in the middle, allowing easier accessibility for pedestrians and those on bikes.
— There will be new signage and graphic redesign
Nakano Associates and Framework Cultural Placemaking developed the concept design for the alley’s revitalization. Frances Nelson is the signage designer, and Candela created lighting design concepts.
According to the Seattle Daily Chamber of Commerce, Ching Chan, project manager for the Chinatown Historic Alley Partnership Project, said the Canton Alley work is slated to begin by next spring. The Seattle Department of Transportation will complete the design and engineering, and the partnership has applied to the city to install the lanterns. (end)