The recent gas explosion ripped a hole in Greenwood’s heart just as it was entering a new era of economic vibrancy. Greenwood’s many vacant storefronts had been filling up, reflecting a renewed appreciation for a business district built around the last in-city stop of the Interurban Streetcar. The neighborhood also marked the physical transition to automobile suburbs, reflected in the huge auto-oriented commercial center immediately adjacent to the walkable main street.

Join former President of the Greenwood Community Council (and former Mayor) Mike McGinn for a discussion of growth, zoning, urbanism, and neighborhood advocacy as reflected in Greenwood’s built environment. Though far from the center of town, its issues are right at the center of the challenges and conflicts arising from growth.

The bygone days of Greenwood when streetcars graced the vibrant North Seattle neighborhood. (Seattle Now and Then)
The bygone days of Greenwood when streetcars graced the vibrant North Seattle neighborhood. (Seattle Now and Then)

This walking tour will be on Saturday May 7th, starting at 10am. We will meet outside Monkey Grind on N 85th St and end up in the heart of the business district around 11:30. If you’re interested in attending:

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  2. RSVP using the Facebook event.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

For those using foot power, there are ample options to get to Greenwood, including Routes 45, 5, and E line or bicycle parking around the district. The side streets also have plenty of parking.

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