Friday, October 19, 2018

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In Seattle’s efforts to address the housing affordability crisis, community land trusts and other forms of community ownership have been in large part overlooked. Tomorrow’s Building Affordability Through Community Ownership event (which The Urbanist also previewed last week) aims to begin a dialogue in which Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives (LEHCs) and...
Written by Seattle Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and Alberta Bleck, Community Relations Liaison to District 7. One thing we share as residents of this city is the regular need for a restroom. Yet this seemingly basic fact of life is something Seattle has struggled for the last century to address. We are...
Seattle Subway is an organization that was born out of frustration. We were frustrated with the glacial pace of transit progress and past compromises on quality. Five years ago we got together, with virtually zero political experience, and started fighting for grade-separated transit. We took our frustration and turned...
Point Defiance Park in Tacoma is the city's largest municipal park and draws upwards of three million visitors per year. Along with the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Defiance Park has been continuously breaking attendance records over the past several years and visitors are finding it more difficult to get...
Momentum is building for a proposal to build 1,000 affordable homes in Seattle. Housing Now Seattle has joined a large coalition of nonprofit groups to endorse a proposal by Councilmember Kshama Sawant to build 1,000 homes. Seattle faces an unprecedented housing crisis, and we need as many people as...
Seattle is a wonderful place to live--vibrant, diverse, and thriving. The rich cultural and economic opportunity we enjoy here has made Seattle one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. But for all the positive impacts this growth has on our region, it also forces us to confront the...
The future of the grassroots effort to lid Interstate 5 in Seattle depends on your support at a critical event next month. On December 7, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) will host an open house showcasing ideas for the public benefit package offered by the...
Alright you urbanist wonks, let's chat about the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) budget: what the mayor proposed, what the city council is proposing to change, and what advocates are asking for (jump to the call to action). Every fall the mayor proposes a balanced budget, then council debates...