ALLEY NETWORK PROJECT draws on the energy and ideas of neighbors, businesses, colleagues and community groups to transform Pioneer Square’s  alleys into one of its unrivaled assets. Alleys offer the opportunity for Pioneer Square to boost healthy activity on its streets, feed its vibrant arts culture, and draw people to local businesses.

Nord Alley First Thursday Art Walk

Why Alleys?

The Neighborhood’s Advantage. The scale of the buildings, narrow alley passageways and architecture make Pioneer Square alleys visually alluring. A study conducted by Copenhagen-based Gehl Architects, considered world-leaders at placemaking, identified Seattle alleys as having the potential to be great pedestrian spaces.

Neighborhood Enthusiasm. Neighborhood residents and businesses also recognize the potential. Numerous alley activation efforts have sprouted up in Pioneer Square. Since 2008, more than 5,000 people attended alley events, University of Washington students devoted hundreds of hours to design work, and the City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Funds program and Historic South Downtown awarded funding for installations and events.

A Unified Effort. The Project unites people and efforts to capitalize on Pioneer Square’s pedestrian-friendly streetscape. By leveraging funds from government, private foundations, and local businesses and tying together a wide variety of people-public space experts, community organizers, marketing professionals and students-Pioneer Square is jointly problem solving and creating great public spaces.


About Our Partners

  • The Alliance for Pioneer Square is dedicated to the marketing and economic development of Pioneer Square. They are contributing labor and support in this effort and will receive recommendations from lessons learned.
  • Green Futures Research & Design Lab, University of Washington has teamed with ISI on many projects, including the Gehl study, previous alley parties and on the city-wide competition to green the alleys. The Alley Network Project gives its students an opportunity to apply the data that they have collected. The Network, in turn, receives all that leg work and analysis done by the students.
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center teaches art and craft work in Seattle and is participating with ISI and Jones and Jones on the Neighborhood Matching Fund Alley Art Project (more info at Its metal-working teachers and students fabricated the Alley art installation. The school has a long-term interest in working with alley revitalization.
  • Feet First seeks to advance the walkability of Seattle and the state of Washington. The organization sees alleys as an opportunity for the city.
  • Seattle Parks Foundation improves, expands, creates, and connects parks and green spaces, building a more vibrant community.
  • International Sustainability Institute is a Seattle based non-profit designed to bring world-wide sustainability to the Puget Sound. ISI has been the lead organization behind the alley activation projects in Pioneer Square.

Community members who have made the project a success:

  • Amanda Ondrick, Pratt Fine Arts Center
  • Annie Strain, Pioneer Square Resident
  • Blaine Monaco, landscape Architect/photographer
  • Chris Ezzell, e workshop
  • Daniel Meisner, Glasshouse Studio
  • Daniel Toole, architect
  • David Yeaworth
  • Jack Bennetto, resident
  • James Grindle, volunteer
  • Jenny Kempson, landscape architect
  • Jennifer Kelly, resident
  • Jennifer Malloy, International Rescue Committee
  • Karen Davis Smith Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects
  • Leslie Haynes, resident
  • Lesley Bain, architect, urban designer
  • Lisa Quinn, Feet First
  • Mary Fialko, U of Washington/Green Futures Lab
  • Mary Peabody, resident
  • Michael Lindsey, Laguna Pottery
  • Mike Klotz, Delicatus
  • Nancy Rottle, U of Washington/ Green Futures Lab
  • Tara Shuttleworth, Pike Place Brewing Co.
  • Tija Petrovich, resident/business owner
  • Thatcher Bailey, Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Todd Vogel, International Sustainability Institute
  • York Wong, resident