Allegro Alley Activation

Alley Activation

The first project to implement the community-led project to develop the U District Alley Activation Plan was in the Allegro Alley, between The Ave and campus. With generous funding from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and the design excellence of Jim Nicholls architecture studio students, together we realized a pedestrian-priority installation in the alley with outdoors seating, plantings, and bike racks.

In Collaboration

​Funding provided by the Neighborhood Matching Fund from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.
U District Advocates
Café Allegro
College of Built Environments
University Temple Church
Department of Neighborhoods
U District Advocates


Without Kate Robinson's enthusiastic and positive commitment to the project, the alley activation would not have been possible. As co-owner of Café Allegro, her vision for activating public open space in the alley adjacent was the first to implement the strategies of the U District Alley Activation Plan.

A wealth of gratitude for Senior Lecturer Jim Nicholls, of the UW College of the Built Environment, who led the 'Agency of Materials' Studio to design, manufacture, and install the seating, bike racks, and movable tables that now activate the alley.

A special thanks to Elizabeth McCoury, the former CEO of the U District Partnership, for her support of the Alley Activation project. Her team delivered on the promise of the overhead lighting in the alley as a parting gift.

Kate Robinson

Former Co-Owner of Café Allegro

Jim Nicholls

Senior Lecturer at UW

Elizabeth McCuory

Former CEO of U District Partnership

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