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“This could help act as a release valve and add the much needed space for people to relax and enjoy downtown. Until then we will continue to have that barrier between Capitol Hill, First Hill, downtown, and South Lake Union, which really discourages people from making the trek on foot—especially people visiting the city.”

–Scott Bonjukian, Planner/urban designer at Makers Architecture and Urban Design 


“Seattle isn’t like Denver, Portland, or New York: We don’t have a central park. Our public open space has decreased and it does need to be addressed. The lid seems so logical and so possible and the right thing to do, but it warrants far more thoughtful consideration by a broader spectrum of Seattle’s citizens.”

–Marie Wong, Professor of urban planning at Seattle University


“It would improve the aesthetics of central Seattle. Also you promote connectivity between a bunch of neighborhoods. By having a lid there’s opportunity to build streets and bike paths and the like. Seattle is constricted—there’s just not a lot of room to move around downtown—and this would, in a sense, provide new land.”

–John Feit, Chair of the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council

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