Seattle CityClub is hosting an event called “Civic Boot Camp” on August 1st and 8th.  It is open to the public!

What: Civic Boot Camp

When: 9 A.M on August 1st  and 9 A.M. on August 8th

Where: Starts at Olympic Sculpture Park

About the Event:
Civic Boot Camp is a day-long program for a cohort of 25-30 participants that is a fast-paced crash course into local history, culture and politics. During the day, Civic Boot Camp visits key historical and civic institutions, hears from civic leaders in the region, networks, develops participants’ civic skills, and gives them tools to design their own personal plan for civic engagement. This edition of Civic Boot Camp is themed around civic engagement along the downtown waterfront. We will learn the history of ecology and settlement along the waterfront, industry and trade based out of the Port and the new development plans for the waterfront rebuild.

It will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Olympic Sculpture Park, and end at Pike Place around 5:30. With the fee of $125/person, comes lunch and evening happy hour, along with the speakers and sites we will visit.
Dates: August 1st and another on the 8th (they are not connected, we do the Boot Camp twice)

For contact information on the Calendar, please put Bridget Anderson at


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 to school, while other students in the neighborhood are encouraged to walk to school by joining parent-led Walking School Buses. A Walking School Bus is a group of children and adults who walk to school together from particular location.

Representative Eileen Cody of the 34th Legislative District and Seattle School Board Member Marty McLaren, representing District 6, will join students on their walk to school. Band Director Marcus Pimpleton and the Denny International Middle School Marching Band will march with the students and perform in front of the school.   

WHEN: Friday, May 16, 2014. 9:00 am

WHERE: School buses will drop students off at 29th Avenue SW and SW Barton Street, at the northwest corner of Roxhill Park. Students will then walk to Roxhill Elementary School, 9430 30th Ave SW, Seattle Washington 98126.

WHY: Roxhill Elementary School was the recipient of a Washington State Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School grant. Feet First has been working with the school to implement the grant that has helped make walking and biking easier and safer for Roxhill families.

For more information , please contact Feet First by emailing or calling 206-652-2310 extension 1.


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) spirit! Together, let’s change the conversation between the city and us, as community members.

Let your voice be heard tomorrow at Seattle Neighborhood Summit and help city officials understand smart urban growth within the Great City of Seattle.

Join the Conversation: Seattle Neighborhood Summit 2014

WHEN: Saturday, April 5th; 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

WHERE: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

Can’t make it tomorrow? Your voice can still be heard. Take a Survey.


Proposition One  
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 us and vote yes on April 22nd. Your ballots are coming in the mail this week.

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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. Our food system is one urban support network that has changed drastically in the past 40 years. We are aware of the consequences of eating and living this way and many are interested in changing those patterns.  Incorporating more urban agriculture into our cities is part of the methods we can use to create sustainable food systems. Urban agriculture is the practice of growing, processing, and distributing food in or around a city.

Monoculture of potatoes in Maine. Photo by NightThree

Monoculture of potatoes in Maine. Photo by NightThree

Modern industrial agriculture involves practices that are resource inefficient, for both nutrients and water. The methods of cultivation like monocropoing and factory farming increase our exposure to heavily processed foods. The dual impacts of our current food system and climate change can been seen in the increase in algal blooms from runoff or droughts impacting production and consumers.

We can begin to integrate urban agriculture into the fabric of our cities to address the growing demands on consumption and the limits on production. Urban agriculture isn’t limited to P-Patches or rooftop garden retrofits. Planning to include urban agriculture in our cities has to expand to encompass the entire spectrum of potential urban agriculture presents. Urban cultivation can happen in soil or water; volunteers or employees can preform labor; it can benefit the community or a corporation. The range of possibility presented by urban agriculture is what it so challenging to incorporate into the fabric of our cities.


We need to embrace the gamut of urban cultivation from the low-tech, soil based programs that enrich community bonds to the tech heavy, commercial rotating tray systems. Understanding there isn’t a one size fits all approach on how to grow food in cities will help us plan and design a flexible system that encourages these projects to be built. It’s easy to conceptualize how organizations like Growing Power could fit into the voids in urban fabric. However, it becomes more challenging when we try to quantify the rent per square foot for hydroponic growing in new construction. Time will present developments in technology that allow us to move beyond the examples we currently grasp and see built. Completed projects like the Bio Intelligent Quotient building are helping us see that conceptual projects like Weber Thompson’s Eco Laboratory could be feasible in our cities.

In order to create a food system that sustains the cities and region it serves as well as the environment we need to incorporate the spectrum of urban agriculture into our cities.  We have examples from other cities to draw from. The seedlings of urban agriculture business here in Seattle are planted in Seattle Urban Farm Co. or Urban Harvest. The next step is to begin to think about the place urban agriculture has in the process of creating our city. By approaching the incorporation of urban agriculture from the perspective of retrofit, reuse, and new construction we can help produce the food to feed our cities more sustainably.

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?

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 and green space in Seattle!

Great City’s Annual Member Meeting

When: 5:30 P.M. on Thursday, March 20th

Where: Pike Brewing Company, 1415 1st Avenue


Please join us for lunch at GGLO today as we welcome Nancy Bird, Sandy Fischer, and Mike Kent. Nancy, Sandy, and Mike will present neighborhood streetscape reinvention projects and participate in a Q&A about lessons learned and the potential for more creative thinking about how we use our rights of way. Our Streetscape 2.0 series continues in September; we’ll take a look at two exciting “green street” projects in development.

But first, here’s a bit more on Mike and the Melrose Promenade project he’ll be presenting today: 

Mike Kent Photo.jpgMike Kent has lived in Capitol Hill since 2009 and founded the Melrose Promenade project in 2010. He currently works as a Project Manager for Pastakia & Associates, and prior to that he worked for more than 10 years in the non-profit and public sector. His background is in urban planning, and he presently serves as chair for Leadership for Great Neighborhoods. Mike also served for two years as Vice President of the Capitol Hill Community Council.

Project Description:

The views from Capitol Hill’s Melrose Avenue are among the best in the city, but the poor quality of the street itself threatens the public enjoyment of them. Since 2010, a group of community members has been working to remedy this. The Melrose Promenade project aims to create a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street by widening and extending the sidewalk and adding benches, trees and other landscaping, pedestrian-oriented lighting, and public art. The project has earned the support of numerous community and civic organizations, property owners, businesses, and residents.


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