Top Urbanist Action: Attend an MHA Open House

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Attend District 3 + 7 MHA Open Houses: The city has been hosting open houses to discuss zoning changes that would implement Mandatory Housing Affordability. The open house for Seattle City Council Districts 3 and 7 is this Thursday from 6pm to 8pm at Washington Hall–those districts are represented by Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Sally Bagshaw, respectively. This is a good opportunity to show your support and meet city staffers that have been working on the plan.

Join TRU and Housing For All: The effort to get revenue for solving the homeless crisis is heating up. Council is considering an employee hours tax. The coalition pushing that solution includes the Transit Riders Union. They’ll be hosting an action meeting where you can learn about how to get involved on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at Frye apartments.

Speak Up for Safe Rainier Avenue Walking and Biking Facilities in RapidRide Survey: Rainier Rapidride plans dropped and protected bike lanes no longer seem to be in the works on the most collision-prone street in Seattle–except in very limited sections. Attend a drop-in session 3pm to 5pm Wednesday at King Donuts or fill out the survey to let Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) know which options you favor. Remember to click through all the sections on this less than intuitive survey. Protected bike lanes are one of the remaining options for Henderson Street, which the RapidRide version of the 7 will likely use to connect to Rainier Beach Station. We hosted a tour of Rainier Avenue tour last fall with SDOT Vision Zero Coordinator Jim Curtin and our recap includes a video explaining the importance of Rainier Avenue as a bike route and pedestrian street and laying out how protected bike lanes would work on the street.

Join AIA to Discuss a Downtown Urban Design Framework: Seattle’s branch of the American Institute of Architects is hosting an interactive session to discuss design in downtown. They’ll be soliciting feedback and ideas. It will take place on Wednesday at the AIA offices from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Give Your Feedback on Victor Steinbrueck Park: They want to know about how to improve the park and it’s a great opportunity to ask for a better pedestrian experience on Pike Place.

Provide Feedback on the Search for a New Police Chief: The city will be hosting open houses to collect feedback. Two important open houses occur this week on Wednesday at the CID Community Center from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and on Thursday at the Rainier Community Center from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

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Owen does servicing and consulting for a software company to pay the bills. He has an amateur interest in urban policy, focusing on housing. His primary mode is a bicycle but isn't ashamed of riding down the hill and taking the bus back up. Feel free to tweet at him: @pickovven.