High PointSeattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Small pocket parks in High Point’s 120 acres are situated so that parents and caregivers inside their homes can easily monitor children playing outside. The open plan also includes community garden spaces and a large market garden where residents can grow and sell produce.
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The High Point community was involved in all design aspects of the project. One demand by the community was energy-efficient housing to help lower annual energy spending. Three hundred rental units at High Point are now Energy Star-certified, the largest collection in the U.S. Priced per square-foot, the certified homes are 37 percent more valuable.
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- High Point’s 1940’s WWII industry housing was redeveloped into a model for sustainable affordable housing community. Forty-five percent of the 1,600 new housing units are affordable, low-income rentals.
- High Point includes one of the first “complete streets” in Seattle. Complete streets provide equal access for pedestrians, bikes, cars, and transit.
- High Point includes a large central commons park, pocket parks, medical and dental clinic, a neighborhood center, library, a market garden, p-patches, art installations, and integrated open space.
- All 34 blocks of the High Point community integrate a natural drainage system, one of the earliest examples of large urban sustainable stormwater management system in the U.S.
- Various types of porous surfaces make up a significant portion of the public and private sidewalks and private parking spaces. High Point also features Washington’s first pervious concrete street in the public right of way.
- Allergen-free landscape guidelines for Breathe-Easy™ Homes helped reduce asthma, bringing the emergency room visit rate down 67 percent.
- During the redevelopment, more than 3,000 new trees were planted; 107 mature trees — valued at $1.5 million — were saved.
- Seattle’s Green Living Expo 2006 was hosted by High Point.
- Re-development Plan
- Housing Community
- Affordable Housing
- Captures Water
- Cleans Water
- Conserves Water
- Ecologically Manages Stormwater
- Improves Walkability
- Preserves Plants
- Protects Water Supply
- Reduces CO2 emissions
- Reintroduces Native Plants