Former Mayor Mike McGinn is an urbanist who is deeply informed by his sense of place, drawing inspiration from his home neighborhood of Greenwood. Formed by being on the periphery of the city limits, Greenwood still bears the structures that define a modern urban neighborhood and those that show a suburban outpost. This shows us much more than we might learn from scoping out a purely center city urban area.

This past Saturday, Urbanist readers had the benefit of being taken on a walking tour of the highs and lows of Greenwood by the former Mayor of Seattle and environmental leader Mike McGinn. We have recreated a bit of the highlights from our walking tour to give you an idea of what we covered.

Stay tuned for the next Urbanist walking tour, where we get down to the nitty gritty in what makes the city function.

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Ryan Packer lives in the Summit Slope neighborhood of Capitol Hill and has been writing for the The Urbanist since 2015. They report on multimodal transportation issues, #VisionZero, preservation, and local politics. They believe in using Seattle's history to help attain the vibrant, diverse city that we all wish to inhabit. Ryan's writing has appeared in Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, Bike Portland, and Seattle Bike Blog, where they also did a four-month stint as temporary editor.