Seattle just extended the citywide Play Streets pilot program until April 2016. Play Streets, in a lot of ways, are similar to block parties. Streets are closed to through traffic so that the space can be used in a variety of ways. It’s not uncommon to see kids play basketball games, chalk up the street, or bike around while adults kick back with BBQs and boardgames. It’s a creative way to make more usable space, particularly in the summer, for all. So far, over 75 different Play Streets events have been put on across the city. Residents are welcome to request a Play Street near them.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.