What is Great City?

Great City is a strategic urban advocacy group that believes smart and responsible urbanism is the solution to many of our social, economic, and environmental challenges.

Are you tired of aging, neglected public restrooms in our parks? Do you often wonder why Seattle has not fixed the leaking rooftops in public stadiums and community centers? Three local Parks fanatics will frame these issues for us and speak about the intended solution, the upcoming Seattle Parks [...] Continue Reading…

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Transit Updates in Seattle

Posted by Katy Kaltenbrun

What will Seattle do in the aftermath of the failed Prop One? How will this impact bus service in King County? At a recent Brown Bag Lunch, Andrew Austin, from TransportationChoices.org, came to speak to us about the future of transit in Seattle.

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“Unless we bend current trends, families with children are likely to find it increasingly difficult to find suitably-sized housing in Seattle, resulting in longer commutes, less family-time, and diminished demographic and income diversity.” -Diana Canzoneri, Demographer & Senior Policy Analyst at the City of Seattle.

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Below is an excerpt from the City of Seattle’s Plan for Growth- Seattle 2035:
What is Seattle 2035?

Seattle 2035 is a citywide conversation about how Seattle should grow over the next 20 years. Seattle will add 120,000 people and 115,000 jobs between now and 2035 – an increase of 20% [...] Continue Reading…

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Where’s my bus!? What will happen to transit in Seattle in the aftermath of the failed Proposition One? How will Mayor Murray’s plan affect service cuts? Join us this Thursday to discuss potential long-term solutions for funding Transit.

Brown Bag Lunch: A Conversation on Transit in Seattle

WHEN: Thursday, June 12 th; [...] Continue Reading…

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Playing (Planning) Games

Posted by michele hill

Do you like to play games? Do you have planning experience or education? Do you like free food? Then I invite you to join me in a planning game this weekend!

As part of my thesis work toward my Master of Urban Planning degree, I will be holding two workshops to [...] Continue Reading…

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Walk to School with Roxhill Elementary

Posted by Katy Kaltenbrun

All School Walk Day at Roxhill, Media Advisory
Two years of Safe Routes to School grant activity at Roxhill Elementary School will culminate in an all-school walk to school day on Friday, May 16.

WHAT: A remote bus drop-off will allow students, who take the bus, to walk the remaining three blocks [...] Continue Reading…

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In what ways can Seattle plan for growth during the next twenty years, while still preserving the uniqueness of our city and our neighborhoods?

As a Seattle resident, we want to know your visions for job growth, transportation improvements, and changes in infrastructure over the next twenty years. Join us [...] Continue Reading…

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Retain Family Households in Seattle

Posted by Katy Kaltenbrun

Did you know: out of all cities in America, Seattle has the 2nd lowest share of households that are families with children?

Join us this Thursday, May 1st, to learn about Seattle’s efforts to retain families with children through housing is that affordable and family-friendly.

Brown Bag Lunch: Family-Sized Housing
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Urban Growth in the University District

Posted by Katy Kaltenbrun

After decades of relatively little development activity, Seattle’s University District is experiencing significant change that will shape the community for years to come. The opening of an underground Link Light Rail station in 2021 is being preceded by new in-fill development throughout the neighborhood. The University of Washington continues [...] Continue Reading…

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Yes In My Backyard!

Posted by Katy Kaltenbrun

Tomorrow’s Neighborhood Summit brings us an important opportunity to connect with community leaders and let our voices be heard. Great City is committed to the kind of smart dense urbanism that is a key solution to our challenges. Show up and show your YIMBY (yes in my back yard) [...] Continue Reading…

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Great Cities Need Great Transportation

Posted by Katy Kaltenbrun

 
Proposition 1 replaces expiring Metro funding – preventing planned cuts that will affect 80% of bus riders, put 30,000 cars back on congested streets, and leave some seniors, students, people with disabilities, and working families stranded.

The Great City Board voted unanimously to support Prop 1. Please join [...] Continue Reading…

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Reuse – Keep It Alive

Posted by Eric Hadden

I like old things. I live in an old apartment. I’ve owned old cars. I ride an old bicycle. There’s just something to the character and quality of old things that makes me happy.  Unfortunately, when something goes wrong with one of these items – like my bike needing [...] Continue Reading…

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In the United States, the food that we consume has traveled between 1,500 and 2,500 miles before we eat it. That distance is up to 25% longer than it was in 1980. As we think about creating and living in more sustainable cities we need to be conscious of the systems and networks that support cities. [...] Continue Reading…

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Join us for our Annual Member Meeting!

Posted by Katy Kaltenbrun

Q: What are YOU doing this Thursday? 
A: Hmmm…. I’m not sure.
Q: Would you like to talk about the future of our Great City?
A: YES! 

Enjoy some local libations as we roll out plans for a variety of upcoming Brown-Bag topics and discuss ways to support the long-term sustainability of parks [...] Continue Reading…

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