Redmond Central Connector draws attention for smart city design

The Redmond Central Connector has been nominated as a leading project in smart city design.

Three Innovation Award winners will be highlighted at the inaugural Walkable Washington Symposium and Award Ceremony at 9 a.m. on April 3 at the Elliot Bay Room at Pike Place Market. The half-day symposium, organized by Feet First, is anticipated to bring more than 100 city leaders, planners, engineers, educators and advocates to address the importance of walkable communities for health, safety and economic vitality.

Keynote speaker Chuck Wolfe, author of "Urbanism Without Effort," will present awards to cities and organizations whose projects create and support livable and walkable communities. The morning will include sessions on planning, collaboration and design, moderated by Mark Hinshaw, director of urban design for LMN Architects and a member of the Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; and community engagement and education, moderated by Charlotte Claybrooke, coordinator of the Washington State Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School.

“This is Washington’s only symposium to address the importance of walkable communities for health, safety and economic vitality,” said Lisa Quinn, Feet First’s executive director. “We are very excited to recognize and support the many exemplary projects and programs across the state.”

Tickets can be purchased online at for $60.

Since 2001, nonprofit Feet First has worked to ensure that all communities across Washington are walkable. The Walkable Washington Symposium is a part of the Walkable Washington Program, which recognizes and supports cities and organizations across the state creating healthy, safe, and vibrant places for people.


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