Rainier Beach

Urban Design Plan

We provided urban design and outreach to help update the Rainier Beach / Henderson Neighborhood Plan. Rainier Beach is located in zip code 98118, identified in 2010 as the most diverse zip code in the United States. For a neighborhood with over 60 languages spoken, the plan update was designed to provide a more cohesive and culturally-appropriate urban form and physical identity. The plan addressed issues of social equity, retrofitting and revitalizing commercial areas and placemaking strategies. It also included Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) recommendations (e.g. access to food near transit and pedestrian improvements) and further integrated the Rainier Beach Light Rail Station via an improved Henderson Boulevard. We also helped develop targets and an indicator framework to support implementation of design strategies.