“Art in it’s many forms is the truest bond that links us all and defines us.”

-Great City Board Chair Catherine Stanford

We did it!

Late yesterday, the Washington Legislature approved a funding plan to preserve 4Culture, the award-winning arts catalyst that sends cultural ripples throughout King County; fostering economic growth, neighborhood activity and livability.

YOU did it.

Because of your advocacy, ESSB 5834 passed on the House floor. Now on to the Governor for her signature.

“Screaming and crying! I watched it pass on TVW! Awesome, incredible.”

-Great City Board Member Cheryl dos Remedios

Now relax, take a breath, pat yourself on the back and stay tuned for information on how we are going to celebrate! It’s time to party and toast this HUGE accomplishment.

Thank you to our legislators that sponsored this legislation and voted YEA! We won’t forget your support at voting time.

A special congratulations goes to the tireless efforts of Advocate4Culture, a coalition of nearly 900 organizations and individuals who believe that arts and heritage is vital to our economy, quality of life, education and pride in our communities. During this difficult legislative session, grassroots advocacy is what made the difference!


Thursday, May 26: The University and the City

A capstone and a conversation about the global role of universities shaping present-day urban realities and future urban possibilities.


  • Phyllis Wise, Interim President, University of Washington
  • Kåre Bremer, President, Stockholm University
  • Lynne Brown, Vice President, New York University
  • Dr. Wu Zhiqiang, Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai Session

For more, go to Now Urbanism.


As readers of this blog know, SDOT and DPD are in the process of amending the street-food vending requirements for the City right-of-way.

On Wednesday, May 25, this pending legislation comes before the City of Seattle’s Committee on the Built Environment at 9:30 a.m.  Be there!

Among the many reasons to love this legislation:

  • It promises to diversify the types of food sold from food vending carts — Vending carts are currently limited to vend hot dogs, espresso, popcorn, and flowers.
  • Vending setback standards — Required setbacks will maintain sufficient space on the sidewalk to allow for street-food vending while maintaining the necessary room for pedestrian mobility and access, passage for persons with disabilities, and access to businesses and residential buildings.
  • Vending Cart Density — SDOT will not issue Street Use permits for more than two street-food vending cart locations on any block face.
  • The 2011 budget includes funding for an enforcement team. Fire, Police, SDOT, Finance and Administrative Services (business licenses/taxes) and Health are anticipated to be regular participants.
  • The legislation proposes that fines related to vending-related violations of permit conditions or for operating without required vending permits be raised to discourage illegal vending and help support vending enforcement. Increases in Street Use permit fees reflect the costs of administering and enforcing the program.

Please join us in advocating for the passage of this thoughtfully-developed policy which promises to truly contribute to vibrant urban life while opening up greater opportunity for small-scale economic development.

Support Seattle Streetfood!

Please attend this City Council hearing and speak in support of this policy, whether for the greater vibrancy of the streetlife we seek, the greater opportunity for Seattleites to start their own business, or just because you are hungry for the diversity streetfood can bring, in terms of both prices and flavors.

For all you wonks, check out the delightfully detailed Director’s Report for more!