Urban Growth, Safety and Transportation Up for Discussion at Mt. Baker Mayoral Forum on Tuesday

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Home to a Link light rail station, the Mt. Baker neighborhood faces diverse challenges and opportunities. At the mayoral forum on 7/20/21, attendees will be able to ask questions of mayoral hopefuls in a relaxed outdoor setting in the amphitheater of Martin Luther King Jr. Park. (Photo by Mt. Baker Hub Alliance)

In partnership with the Mt. Baker Hub Alliance, Mt. Baker Mutual Aid, Disability Rights WA, and Mercy Housing, The Urbanist is sponsoring a mayoral forum on Tuesday, July 20th, from 6 to 7:30pm at the amphitheater of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. The event will also be broadcast on Zoom for attendees who prefer to tune in online. Either way it’s highly recommended to RSVP in advance to let the organizers know how you plan to attend and if you need any accommodations. The event will move inside to the Allen Family Center’s Community Room in case of poor weather.

Six mayoral candidates will be in attendance, including: Colleen Echohawk, Jessyn Farrell, Bruce Harrell, Andrew Grant Houston, Lance Randall, and Casey Sixkiller. 

The event will feature questions that address specific challenges that face the growing, mass transit-connected community of Mount Baker, and also other similar Seattle neighborhoods. From opportunities for affordable transit-oriented development, to dangerous conditions for pedestrians and cyclists on Rainier Avenue South, to questions about the potential impacts of new residential and commercial development, the Mount Baker neighborhood offers a compelling microcosm of where Seattle sits relative to many of today’s most pressing issues.

A view from the Mt. Baker Link light rail station of the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and Rainier Avenue S. in Mt. Baker. Disability and active transportation advocates have highlighted the dangerous street conditions for people seeking to access transit at this site. (Credit: Mt. Baker Hub Alliance)

That’s why Mount Baker has been no stranger to coverage in The Urbanist. Here’s a list of featured articles focused on the neighborhood that offer readers the opportunity to learn more about this dynamic community.

Hope to see you there!

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Natalie Bicknell is Senior Reporter at The Urbanist. She is a writer and community college instructor who lives in the Central District with her husband and two dogs. In her research and writing, she is always on the lookout for better ways of creating sustainable, diverse, and vibrant cities. Email her at natalie [at] theurbanist [dot] org.

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