For our final walking tour of the year we’re partnering with local housing organizations to take a close look at the South Lake Union development boom. While the neighborhood is best known for its transformation from a working class warehouse district to a global technology hub, the area also has a stunning variety of affordable housing projects putting roofs over the heads of Seattle’s lower income residents, including formerly homeless people and seniors. We’ll look at everything from preserved apartment buildings to new towers that utilize incentive zoning. We’ll also visit contrasting community spaces like a neighborhood p-patch and a new mid-block alley built by Amazon.

On this tour we’ll have representatives from Seattle Tech 4 Housing, Bellwether Housing, and the Seattle Office of Housing.

You’ll learn and see so much on this unique look at South Lake Union that we are experimenting with a fixed ticket price – rather than an optional donation – to better support our programming. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

When: Saturday, September 23, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Outside the Museum of History and Industry at Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave N)
Walking distance: 2 miles
Ticket price: $10 per person

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Scott Bonjukian has degrees in architecture and planning, and his many interests include neighborhood design, public space and streets, transit systems, pedestrian and bicycle planning, local politics, and natural resource protection. He cross-posts from The Northwest Urbanist and leads the Seattle Lid I-5 effort. He served on The Urbanist board from 2015 to 2018.