West Seattle Junction merchants have a few questions for you

(Heart of The Junction, as seen via ‘live’ SDOT cam)

The West Seattle Junction Association – the organization that is made up of, and represents, area businesses – hopes you can spare a few minutes for a survey. They’re looking at the year ahead, with issues including – but not limited to – the future of the parking they offer “free” to shoppers. According to WSJA executive director Lora Radford, a big goal of the survey is to “help us understand why people are visiting the Junction.” No end date for the survey, but as always, the sooner the better – it’s short! Just go here.

17 Replies to "West Seattle Junction merchants have a few questions for you"

  • HS March 1, 2019 (11:44 am)

    Done and happy to do it.

  • Kristen March 1, 2019 (12:43 pm)

    Done! It’s quick and easy and only took a minute to do! 

  • Julie March 1, 2019 (12:43 pm)

    Why do they need my name and email?

    • Swede. March 1, 2019 (1:23 pm)

      They don’t, just make something up. 

      • KM March 1, 2019 (1:44 pm)

        You can also just leave it blank.

  • Me March 1, 2019 (1:11 pm)

    I hope mine gets read.  Thanks

  • LyndaB March 1, 2019 (5:27 pm)

    Done! :)

  • Hoku March 1, 2019 (7:16 pm)

    Decided to list my favorite businesses – there wasn’t enough room. How cool is that!

  • anonyme March 2, 2019 (6:12 am)

    Julie, I wondered the same thing.  Unnecessary information that will be added to an email list.  Left those fields blank and the form was accepted anyway.

    • WSB March 2, 2019 (10:12 am)

      No, that’s not true. I checked with Lora and the email address (as a prompt is supposed to say after you send the survey) is so they can notify you of the results. No email list. But yes, it’s optional.

  • JayDee March 2, 2019 (6:59 am)

     I told them that 1/2 of my trips to the Junction would end if they eliminated free parking.  Why? The 50 bus is unreliable and no replacement for the old 53 circulator.  I live 1.5 miles away and cannot walk that during the week. I would pay to park if I could combine trips but aside from the Farmer’s Market there is no consistent draw though I did mention all the places I’ve bought stuff in the Junction including our wedding rings at Russell’s Jewelers. I often combine grocery shopping when I am there or can coordinate the C/50 bus schedules.

  • Su March 2, 2019 (8:45 am)

    I wish to protect the junction, keeping the family own shops there.

  • Matt hutchins March 3, 2019 (1:36 pm)

    If there were no free parking we’d walk there more or pay for parking, not decrease the number of visits.  Free parking has exactly zero bearing on whether we come to the junction, in fact our favorite time is farmers market when neither parking nor thru traffic is even available!  Also when thinking of new development, I remember Petco and how much that block has improved with new development, so changes to the Junction don’t necessarily compromise the welcoming vibe and economic vitality of the business district-I think it’s clear we can both be open to change and keep the sense of place we enjoy coming to about 2 or three times a week. 

  • pjmanley March 4, 2019 (11:49 am)

    I’m close enough to walk to the Junction, but on occasion, I have to drive and park.  Moreover, many residents of buildings with no parking spots have eaten up all the parking in the Junction and adjacent neighborhoods further restricting the supply.  Unfortunately there are shortcomings to almost any plan, so things need to be balanced.  Elderly residents and people grabbing larger items from shops need an automobile to haul things.  And lack of parking is a huge turnoff for those residing more than half a mile away or out of area folks.  Like it or not, lack of available, convenient parking keeps a lot of potential patrons away from areas like the Junction, and it’s only going to get worse.  Compared to when I moved here 22 years ago, we actually need more parking now, not less.   There’s a very large segment of WS residents who commute by bus to work, but still own cars they park on the street.  We have to reckon with that fact.          

  • Marge E. March 4, 2019 (3:50 pm)

    if they were no  parking I would still come, via the C-Line. If there were paid parking I would still come. If there were no parking at all, my husband couldn’t come, he is disabled.

  • Amanda Kostic March 5, 2019 (8:52 am)

    Does anybody know if the parking down by the bowling alley will be stopped? It is hard to see cars coming up the hills as it is, yet alone if there are cars parked on either side. 

  • Dianne Thorniley March 6, 2019 (9:30 am)

    The Junction is still a big part of my world.  I rarely go out of West Seattle anymore, but it’s because we have places like The Junction.  I still drive, but am going to learn to use the bus soon…..thanks for asking about what we think.

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