Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Development hearings: public notice postings in Seattle

One of the great things about DC in the core is that utilities are underground, which means that there aren't "telephone" poles on the street. However, in Seattle, utility poles function as a media presentation method. 
Telephone/utility pole in Seattle, plastered with posters
Not unlike how kiosks do on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, or how in DC movie posters are often plastered on vacant storefronts on streets like Georgia Avenue NW.  (There is a kiosk at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW in Adams Morgan where such posters are similarly displayed.)

But in Seattle, in key neighborhood commercial districts, it seems as if every telephone pole is so adorned.

And the Seattle Planning Department respects and employs this method too, to post public notices in places other than on specific buildings, about upcoming zoning and development review hearings.
Seattle Planning Department posts development hearing notices in public places

This isn't the only potential method. Other cities, including Seattle, but Montgomery County does it too, use big signs, in language that people can understand. DC's system of public notices is more circumspect. (Again, related to the previous post, a community information board at subway stations could be used to display this kind of information.)

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