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Community Open Space Initiatives: Nihonmachi

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Alley C, between Maynard and 7th streets, is a space dedicated to family and the youth that will inhabit the new Inter*Im building. It utilizes the partial blockage, created by the stairway of the building on the southeast corner, to separate the space from the busy Jackson

C east

C west

  • . Major Recommendations Connectivity:

    • Connect Jackson St. activity to Panama

Hotel (Main St.) and Nippon Kan Theatre (Washington St.) via Maynard Ave. and Danny Woo Garden

  • Pedestrian Entry at 5th and Main St; 6th and Jackson

  • Continue to thin out vegetation in Danny Woo and Kobe Terrace, and replace with low-lying.

Streetscape / Alleyscape:

  • Retain the same amount of parking spaces

    • (69)

      on Main Street.

  • Create additional spaces along the street as social space, such as retail spaces, rest spaces and community spaces (3 foot depth).

  • Hold occasional street closures on Main Street (market/festival).

  • Remove dumpsters from alleys

  • Add street lighting to alleys

  • Encourage residents and businesses to make alley entrances more inviting and utilized

  • Make alleys pedestrian priority

  • Repave alleys with aesthetically pleasing pavers. Pave streets with historic markers.


  • New housing type such as skinny towers (as

Street. The alley is still accessible from Jackson but the south entrance is minimized to form a space that is safer for children. The alley has ample play space, is lined with plantings that residents are encouraged to garden, and illuminated at night with lighting.

found in Vancouver, BC)

  • Consider 3F or 5F setbacks to open up the


Cultural Identity:

  • Small Scale Neighborhood Identifiers

  • Welcome Signs

  • Mass planting of Cherry Trees

  • Creation / Implementation of Comprehensive

Streetscape Plan

  • Japanese Internment Memorial

  • Mural (on the east side of Imperial House)


  • Establish a community stewardship group (i.e., Friends of Kobe Terrace Park). Opportunities with local organizations such as the Japanese Cultural Center and Community Center of Washington, the Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association.

  • Research funding opportunities

  • Apply for Open Space Development/ Redevelopment Grants as related to recreation and cultural spaces (Land and Water Conservation Fund); Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Grants; Community Development Block Grant; Safety Grants.

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