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The Reader – Center City Streetcar Plans Move Forward

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Center City Streetcar Plans Move Forward
Mayor Mike McGinn announced this week that a streetcar has been selected as the preferred mode for a Center City Connector, and that two potential alignments have been selected for further study: 1st Avenue and a 4th/5th Avenue couplet. The Center City Connector will provide a new high capacity transit service to connect major destinations in downtown Seattle and nearby neighborhoods.

SDOT Strategic Advisor Tony Mazzella speaks about the upcoming plans for the Center City Streetcar (photo by Jen Nance)

This route was identified as one of four priority corridors in the Transit Master Plan unanimously adopted by the City Council in April 2012. The Transit Master Plan prioritized these four corridors based on their ridership potential and need for higher capacity transit service. Each corridor will provide for a faster and more reliable transit network that adequately addresses the highest demand corridors in the City.

Announcing New Families and Education Levy Award for Dental Health
The 2011 Families and Education Levy contained funding for the first time for dental health services for Seattle students. Providing dental care in schools can improve students’ dental health and is an opportunity to reduce barriers to learning. During planning for renewal of the Levy in 2011, PHSKC proposed funding a pilot program to bring dental health services into schools.

After extensive review by a panel that included community dental health experts, Neighborcare Health was selected as the provider and awarded $274,680. Including Neighborcare Health’s required matching resources, the total dental health investment for next school year will be $390,971.

Summer Youth Arts Employment
This week Mayor Mike McGinn announced a new program that provides work opportunities for at-risk youth in collaboration with arts organizations and the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI). Work Readiness Arts is a program providing out-of-school programming that links arts learning and work experiences for up to 70 Seattle youth ages 14 to 18. Arts organizations interested in participating in this program are encouraged to submit proposals by June 28.

This is in addition to summer work opportunities targeting at-risk kids offered by SYVPI, the Seattle Parks Department, and the Human Services Department. The mayor’s 2013-14 budget funds 450 new slots in the SYVPI program, 225 of which will be filled this year.

Smith Cove Park Expansion
With Mount Rainier and Downtown Seattle as their backdrop, residents of Magnolia, Interbay, and Queen Anne joined representatives of King County, the city of Seattle, and the Port of Seattle in celebrating a plan that will expand Smith Cove Park and improve water quality in Elliot Bay.

The expanded park, which will include waterfront space along Elliott Bay, is the culmination of a two-decade effort by the Magnolia and Interbay neighborhoods to develop Smith Cove into public open space along Elliot Bay with access to Puget Sound.

Upcoming events (for more see
June 8, 10:00 a.m. – Padiriwang Festival, Seattle Center (305 Harrison St)

June 8, 10:00 a.m. – Science Expo Day, Seattle Center (305 Harrison St)

June 13, 11:30 a.m. – Aging in Community Conversation with Mayor McGinn, Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N)

June 14, 5:30 p.m. – Seattle Greendrinks Turns 10!, SustainableWorks Warehouse (4000 Airport Way S)

Video highlights (for more see

Center City Streetcar Dental Health Services for Seattle Students
Pride Flag Flown at City Hall Smith Cove Park Expansion

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Posted by: Sam Johnston