Sunday, December 16, 2018

Laura Loe

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Laura Loe (Bernstein) is an educator, musician, and gardener from Colombia/NY/LA/Chicago who has lived in Seattle since 2009. Her writing has appeared in The Urbanist, The Seattle Globalist, South Seattle Emerald, and International Examiner. She was elected to the Sierra Club's Seattle Group in 2016 and chairs their housing work group. She is passionate about womxn urbanist voices, climate justice, community ownership, equitable community development and renters' rights. Laura organizes independently to form ad-hoc collaborations with like-minded folks and performs civic matchmaking that leads to unlikely allyships. Yes in Our Backyards #YIOBY // Tweets as @yimbysea. She was recently referred to by a neighborhood activist as Seattle's "Worst Urbanist Propagandist".
Editor's note: We at The Urbanist wanted to let you know about a chance to support two housing advocates we've partnered with many times while pushing for good housing policy. Organizing folks to engage in the public process and push for affordable housing is tough and often thankless work,...
On Saturday, June 3rd, the City of Seattle hosted "Aging the LGBTQ Way, a forum on equity, respect, and inclusion." Aging the LGBTQ Way: Forum on Equity, Respect & Inclusion was recorded by The Seattle Channel. Mayor Ed Murray led off with "I, also, am an aging member of this...
The Thriving Communities Network and Seattle Tech 4 Housing hosted an urban design workshop on April 29, 2017. Video of the event is available from the Seattle Channel. Participants heard about the history of land use, the intricacies of non-profit housing and how to engage with the city. During...
Local queer, Latinx artist Myra Lara held a very well attended art opening at Hybrid_Space last week. Not Even Barely Legal: (Desperately) Creative Infill Development included a mix of architectural sketches, comics, and is grounded in activism. Myra Lara is a thoughtful, talented artist who is foucsed on education and advocacy for spatial justice. The...
Local artist Myra Rara will showcase her thought-provoking work on contemporary urban issues facing Seattle this Thursday at the Capitol Hill Art Walk: Hybrid_Space presents Myra Rara's Not Even Barely Legal: (Desperately) Creative Infill Development as a part of the Capitol Hill Art Walk. Stop by from 6-9pm to check...
About fifty Congress for the New Urbanism conference attendees came together to learn about Community-Oriented Housing on the first full day of CNU25. The workshop, subtitled "Living at the Scale of Sociability," was designed to engage developers, architects and other building professionals, in a hands-on lesson about creative, community-centered housing...
Recently, Laura Foote Clark, Executive Director of YIMBY Action gave compelling and hilarious testimony to implore commissioners to ignore the "crazy people like her" who show up to (land use) hearings. This video is a little too real for so many of us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agkXFJLCQx4 Many volunteers around the country are working to bring...
What is the International Special Review District (ISRD)?  The International Special Review District (ISRD) is where the future of the "look" of the Chinatown-International District of Seattle is determined. The most exciting part of sitting in any design review meeting is catching a glimpse into a rip in the fabric...