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Building a Better Boom: Designing a Thriving City for Everyone

  • Friends of Seattle Waterfront 1400 Western Avenue Seattle, WA, 98101 United States (map)

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Seattle is growing and changing faster than at any time in recent memory, largely due to the boom in the tech economy. In response to concerns about affordability and livability, the City of Seattle is currently in the middle of a multi-year effort to enact a variety of changes to land use, urban design and affordable housing policy. This is a critical time in Seattle's history for the public to get engaged and help shape a city that is sustainable, vibrant and affordable.

The Thriving Communities Network has joined forces with Seattle Tech 4 Housing to host this urban design and livability workshop. At the event, we will examine a few neighborhoods that are slated for policy changes, and we will create a feasible vision for how the neighborhoods can be made more affordable, inclusive and sustainable.

Speakers will include:

- Representatives from nonprofit housing provider Capitol Hill Housing on how affordable housing is built and operated.

- Architect David Neiman on how zoning, building codes and other city policies shape the resulting built environment.

- Development professionals on the processes and economics behind building housing.

- Representatives from the City of Seattle on how policy changes are enacted and how residents can influence policy.

Event Goals:

- To create a proposal for the City of Seattle for consideration when planning for neighborhood change.

- Grow workshop participants' network and expand everyone's understanding and perspective of how to achieve affordable housing and create car-free options.

Registration is $15 and includes lunch, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For scholarship tickets, email

We'd also like to offer a huge thank you to Friends of the Waterfront Seattle for generously providing space in their beautiful storefront for the event!