Thorndyke Boulevard (unrealized)

This boulevard, recommended by Olmsted in his 1903 report, was never fully realized. This proposed route would have connected the Ballard and Queen Anne boulevards, by extension connecting the whole of the system starting at Seward Park, to Magnolia Boulevard and Discovery Park. Though Thorndyke Ave already existed much as it does today, John Charles recommended widening the boulevard and relocating it to attain better grades. He further described his vision, recommending that more real estate be secured “so that there may be provided two driveways, with a broad grass plot between, along one edge of which, a portion of the way, the electric railway will be located, for bridle path, bicycle path and liberal parking strips.”

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