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Better Block happy hour brings together transportation advocates & professionals

Better Block Happy Hour held on Capitol Hill.
Better Block Happy Hour held on Capitol Hill.Millie Magner

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals hosted a happy hour Monday evening as a part of the forming of a Washington state chapter of APBP. Attendees of the Better Block Happy Hour represented a variety of organizations dedicated to designing and developing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

Scrabble Tournament Tuesday, August 12
Scrabble Tournament Tuesday, August 12Millie Magner

Meeting over brews at Linda’s Tavern on Seattle’s Capitol Hill gave representatives from such organizations as Seattle Department of Transportation, Toole Design Group, Fehr and Peers Transportation Consultants, Alta Planning and Design, and Young Planners Group an opportunity to connect and share experiences as well as debrief from the ITE (Institute of Transporation Engineers) Annual Meeting being held in Seattle this week.

Concurrently, a few blocks away on First Hill, a group including Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) was erecting a temporary installation designed to connect with the First Hill Greenways at the problematic intersection of Union, Boylston and University streets. After conversation over a pitcher of Manny’s, the group walked up to Boylston and Union to view and participate in the installation of the giant Scrabble board.

This evening from 5 to 7pm the public is invited by the First Hill Improvement Association to the giant scrabble tournament. Those interested should sign up at streetscrabble@gmail.com. The fun begins at 4:00.

Only sixteen players will be selected to play this life-size version of Scrabble. This first-ever event in Seattle is being held at a location which will hopefully in the near future be a park. The event is being held under the auspices of the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan, a Seattle Department of Transportation, Department of Planning and Development and Seattle Parks collaboration with the First Hill Improvement Association.