Delridge Corridor Multimodal Improvement Project

At a Glance:

Location: Seattle, Washington

Date: 2015

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Lifelong Learning, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: healthcare access, employment, education, clean air, parks, active transportation, neighborhood safety, meaningful work and wealth, belonging and civic muscle, clean water, built environment

Affected Population: N/A

Research Methods: Primary research, Literature review, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban

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University of Washington graduate students, in partnership with the Seattle Departments of Transportation and Planning and Development, conducted a rapid HIA of the Delridge Corridor Project. The plan is part of a broader city effort to transform major roads and neighboring streets into safer and healthier public places. The health pathways explored included zoning, mobility, social capital, and safety.

The HIA recommended that the Department of Planning and Development require developers to acquire permits for large, multifamily projects and to include a minimum of 10 percent affordable housing. It also recommended that the Department of Transportation focus on public transit, bike lane, sidewalk, and street improvements to increase access to assets such as services and green space. To strengthen stakeholder engagement, the HIA recommended establishing a community coalition to provide oversight, representation, and feedback on the project.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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