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Public Realm & Planning

The U District is Seattle’s fastest-growing neighborhood. As the neighborhood changes, it’s more important than ever to work closely with the community and public agencies on the infrastructure, policy, and planning projects that are shaping the U District. The U District Partnership frequently serves as the nexus between the community and the developers, public officials, and organizations managing and implementing the transformational urban development taking place throughout the district. Below you will find information on our work in the public realm and on policies that shape our neighborhood’s future. Also you will find resources to help you stay up to date on the public, private, and transit-oriented development happening in the U District.


From painting new murals to adding tree lighting and wayfinding signage to University Way, UDP helps activate and beautify the U District neighborhood and amplify its unique character and charm. 

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Parks & Open Space

The U District’s parks and open spaces serve as an outdoor living room for daily life. From Fritz Hedges Waterway Park to Christie Park, the available open spaces in the neighborhood are growing, improving, and changing.

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Urban Planning & Policy

UDP works with local stakeholders and policymakers on policy and urban planning initiatives, such as zoning and development-related issues, support for the creative sector, mobility and transportation planning, and long-term visioning for our changing built environment.

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Lid I-5 North

UDP is leading a growing coalition of stakeholders to explore creating new land over I-5 between NE 45th and NE 50th Streets.

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Get in Touch

For more information about public realm topics in the U District, please contact Katy Ricchiuto at katy@udistrictpartnership.org.