Lower Wallingford is going through quite a change. As we reported in April, the new transfer station is slated to open some time in 2016. In fact, Wallyhood has been reporting on this since 2009. You can trace the development of this project just by looking at those old posts.
Now that I can actually see the space in person rather than on a map or drawing, I’m really impressed. It’s far beyond what I expected.
I think this new transfer station is an example of how the neighborhood community can both advocate for its preservation while also being a proponent for the change that is inevitable in a growing city. My belief is that change is coming and along with that is greater density. What we can do as neighbors is to advocate for smart change. More density means the need for more open space, not less, as we try to serve the needs of all the additional people joining the neighborhood.
I would like to commend the Wallingford Community Council for a job well done on this project. If there is anyone else who deserves credit, please let me know in the comments and I will update the post. Given that Mayor Murray has officially cut ties with all Seattle Neighborhood Councils, it makes you wonder what these photos would look like without the neighborhood input.
Additional pictures below include the new Tableau World Headquarters at N 34th Street and Woodlawn, a picture of the kids playground and more.