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.

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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Planetizen picked up an interesting note from Calgary, where planners are getting ready to install a downtown cycle track. You, dear reader of this blog may consider that to be a livability upgrade, but wait, have you considered the traffic flow argument? I’m talking about the traffic-flow argument that supports converting [...] Continue Reading…

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Despite increased transit and non-motorized investment in recent decades, North American cities still offer up a lot of this kind of experience between the sidewalk and the front door (even adjacent to a high-capacity transit line):

A photo from the Price Tags blog summarizing a typical pedestrian experience in our [...] Continue Reading…

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Waterfront Policy Ride

Posted by Nathan Daum

A fun event with our friends at the Cascade Bicycle Club:
It’s Waterfront Week! This Sunday we’re celebrating the redesign of our beautiful Central Waterfront by holding a policy rideto explore the coming changes (and a few of our hoped-for changes).

 

We’ll check out the ferry terminal, new viewpoints, connections and intersections, the future two-way [...] Continue Reading…

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Dan at Citytank sent us a little invite that we wanted to be sure and pass along to you, dear readers:

City Builders Happy Hour – Monday Feb 24

“New city administration, new issues, new political landscape! It’s high time to get together again to eat, drink and scheme about the future [...] Continue Reading…

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Please join us Tuesday, October 22 at noon for an update on the City of Seattle’s efforts to link up the Seattle Streetcar’s South Lake Union and First Hill lines, through downtown. [...] Continue Reading…

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Time for Min. Density Zoning?

Posted by Nathan Daum

Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin has introduced a proposed ordinance which would set immediate minimum density requirements and kick off a longer, broader rule-making process. 

The Seattle Times suggests, at a minimum, “It’s a good conversation for Seattle to have.”

To be sure, it is too late for this legislation to influence the [...] Continue Reading…

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There’s a new interactive city planning tool in Kirkland,  maps.kirklandwa.gov. Seattle DJC reports users can find the project status, funding and contact information. The website also accepts suggestions for new projects.

 

If Seattle had such a website, what capital improvement project would you lobby for?

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Image Credit: Paul Joseph Brown

The Duwamish River is Seattle’s only river. In 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared the lower Duwamish River a Superfund Site, meaning it is one of the most toxic hazardous waste sites in the nation. In February 2013, the EPA released [...] Continue Reading…

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via Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

Back in March, we published a submission from Alex Broner, a renter, who provided some thoughts on the Microhousing debate. The city recently hosted a discussion on the topic which was attended by many opponents and a few supporters, according to Capitol Hill Seattle:
Here’s [...] Continue Reading…

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Does Washington State Governor Jay Inslee have a mandate on Climate Change? “More than any other president or governor before him,” according to the Bullitt Foundation’s Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970.

The Governor urges action now, and not just easy steps that will (maybe) amount [...] Continue Reading…

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