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CVS Required to Urbanize Its Seattle Locations

Woonsocket-based CVS can be made to improve the design of its usually suburban-style stores, when citizens get active.
Transport Providence will be contacting the Rhode Island based company soon to follow up on whether they have any plans to repeat this in the Biggest Little.

While neighborhood groups tend to exert downward pressure on housing density, which makes cities less walkable and housing less affordable, today Ben Schiendelman at Seattle Transit Blog offers a wonderful counter-example. This one involves three CVS pharmacies planned for locations in Seattle classified as “urban villages” — walkable, transit-friendly locations. And in this case, the neighbors wouldn’t stand for CVS’s low-slung, strip mall-style development plans:
In a departure from a lot of the activism we often see, neighborhood groups organized to push back asking for more density, and today, the council unanimously passed temporary emergency legislation from Councilmember Conlin banning what he called “strip mall development,” sending a clear signal against underdeveloping neighborhood centers.

1 comment:

  1. I contacted CVS with the following question today. Their website promises a response within five days.


    I read a report saying that CVS changed the design of some of its stores in Seattle at the request of neighborhoods seeking to be transit-oriented.

    As Rhode Island works to be more transit-oriented, and as CVS is a Woonsocket-based company, our blog wonders what CVS is doing through its own initiatives to bring this type of design here. What are CVS' sustainability goals for working with RIPTA, walkability, and bike-friendliness?

    Thanks for your time."

    I'll update readers with whatever response/non-response is forthcoming.