It’s been said (by John Keats) that a thing of beauty is a joy forever – and so, now, is Maynard Avenue South, between South King and Weller streets, complete with art that celebrates the culture of this Chinatown-International District.
This beauty is the result of the Maynard Avenue South Neighborhood Street Fund Project that, this fall, built a new sidewalk extension along Maynard Avenue South; made pedestrian safety improvements; added new trees and plantings; and installed art inlays. Prior to the project work this street segment, between South King and Weller streets, was not a very joyous pedestrian experience. Below are before (left side) and after (right side) photos to illustrate the change.
The transformation began with Maynard identified as a Green Street in the Livable South Downtown Plan. The term Green Street is defined in the Seattle Right-of-Way Improvements Manual as a street right-of-way which gives priority
The Maynard Avenue South Neighborhood Street FundProject accomplished these goals by expanding the sidewalk area, as well as adding a trench drain, sidewalk bronze inlays and landscaping.
In summary, maybe it should be said that a thing of great effort is a joy at completion? Bravo neighborhood champions for bringing the joy of project vision and completion to light!