Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

Imagine a city that provided answers before questions were asked and put the customer first so community felt seen, heard and remembered.

Imagine a city that conducted outreach and engagement that created greater transparency between an individual and government, pivoting from transactional to relational, and marrying city wants with community needs.

Imagine a city whose system showed the life cycles of interactions, from when a request was submitted to when the intake was delegated to when the issue was solved, so community is brought along through the process.

That is what the Department of Neighborhoods imagines and this is what we work towards every day. We work to connect our communities and to build bridges and trust.

We have experienced tremendous upheaval over the course of the last year. In our current political climate, policy is set in 140 characters or less. We chat in snaps and share photos in seconds. We are connected in an instant and yet disconnected like never before. Peer-to-peer influence is more powerful than ever and digital platforms are the easiest way to get accurate, shareable, information into the hands of well-networked community members. Informed and involved community is more likely to trust agencies. And, when people feel good about being informed, they are more likely to support a proposal. Engagement is one way to build stronger trust with our community. Done well, online community engagement can change the way the community feels about a city. Our mission is to help people and, hopefully, help them feel better about this city. It’s an honor to do this work, and it is needed more than ever.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Mayor Burgess’ 2018 Proposed Budget Mayor Burgess will deliver his proposed budget speech to Seattle City Council on Monday, September 25 at 2pm in City Council Chambers at Seattle City Hall. Watch the live stream on Seattle Channel.

King County Metro Service Changes 
Metro will be adding trips and adjusting schedules to improve service reliability and on-time performance on 43 routes. (more)

Age Friendly Seattle Pedestrian Potluck on 9/20 A fun and free end of summer potluck for all ages. Learn about pedestrian safety efforts and pick up free safety swag. (more)

No Bus Service in Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, Sept. 23-24 (more)

Bike Share Parking 101 Here are some useful tips for bike share users on where to park free-floating bike share bikes. (more)

Attend a Transit Talk at 12pm on September 28 Transit Talks are quarterly lunchtime forums on hot-button transportation issues in the Puget Sound region. This forum will focus on innovations in access that are changing the way riders get to and from transit. (more)

City of Seattle Invites Civic Hackers to Take on Challenges of Aging The City of Seattle invites data scientists, developers, designers, urban planners, and anyone with an interest in aging and accessibility to A City for All hackathon, September 22-24. (more)

Learn More About Secure Scheduling via Upcoming Webinar on September 20 The Seattle Office of Labor Standards is hosting webinars to teach employers/employees about the Secure Scheduling requirements for hourly employees enacted this summer. (more)

DACA Work Permit Renewals 
If your DACA work permit expires before March 5, 2018, you should renew your DACA by October 5, 2017. (more)

Seattle Police Department Releases Bias Crimes Report for First Half of 2017 During this time, a total of 178 criminal and non-criminal bias based incidents were reported, up from the 128 incidents reported at the same time last year. (more)

Seattle Renters' Commission Meeting: October 2, 6pm (more)


The City of Seattle wants your feedback. The projects listed below are currently open for public comment. Let us know your thoughts.

For a full list of projects open for public comment, visit our website.

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Neighbors Invited to Help Plan North Beacon Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk The North Beacon Hill walk will be held on Saturday, October 7 and will follow a route determined by community members and those serving on its Community Walk Action Team. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of H & K Foods Building for Landmark Status The public is invited to attend the October 4th meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Update on Encampment Cleanup Efforts Along Spokane Street Corridor Learn more about the City's efforts to remove illegal encampments along the Spokane Street corridor from Colorado Avenue South to Airport Way. (more)


  • SW Spokane Street Pump Station Improvement Drop-in Session: September 20, 4:30pm (more)
  • Earthquake Home Retrofit Class: September 23, 10:30am (more)
  • Marra Farm Fall Fest: September 23, 12pm (more)
  • Free Auto Leaks Workshop: September 23, 9am-1pm (more)
  • Free DACA Assistance Event: September 24, 10am (more)
  • North Beacon Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk Action Team Meeting: September 25, 6pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: September 27, 7pm (more)
  • Free DACA Assistance Event: September 29, 3pm (more)
  • North Beacon Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk: October 7 (more)
  • Rainier Beach Action Coalition Meeting: October 12, 6:30pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Central Area Design Guidelines Open House, September 26 Guidelines are intended to address how new buildings support and enhance the character of the existing community fabric. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on Pike People Street 2017 Seattle Department of Transportation closed the streets and held 10 nights of street activities in the Pike-Pine area of Capitol Hill this summer. And now, they want to know what you thought! (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Century Building and the 2703 E Yesler Way Residence for Landmark Status The public is invited to attend the meeting on October 18 and make comments on either nomination. (more)

September 28 Public Meeting on KeyArena Proposal Learn about and share your thoughts on the proposal from the Oak View Group to allow the renovation of Seattle Center KeyArena. (more)

  • Disaster Skills - Basic Aid: September 19, 6pm (more)
  • First Hill Pop-Up Petting Zoo: September 20, 6pm (more)
  • Invoking the Muses - Celebrating LGBTQ Senior Health and Housing in Capitol Hill: September 21, 5:30pm (more)
  • Urbanist Walking Tour - South Lake Union Boom: September 23, 10am (more)
  • Virginia Mason Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: September 26, 5:30pm (more)
  • East Precinct Advisory Council Community Meeting: September 28, 6:30pm (more)
  • Civic Saturday: September 30, 10:30am (more)
  • Community Health Fair at International District/Chinatown Community Center: September 30, 10am-3pm (more)
  • Connect with Yesler Community Celebration: September 30, 11am (more)
  • Civic Cocktail - Seattle's Shift to the Left: October 4, 6pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Fremont Troll Oversees New Traffic Control Signal at N 34th St Check out these new safety improvements from Seattle Department of Transportation. (more)

Community Members Needed for Advisory Committee on Zoning Modifications to Webster School Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications desired for the renovation and addition to the Webster School (formerly the Nordic Heritage Museum). (more)

  • Conversation with District 5 Councilmember Juarez: September 19, 6:30pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: September 19, 7pm (more)
  • Oil Trains & More Public Forum: September 20, 7pm (more)
  • Lake City Community Conversation: September 27, 6:30pm (more)
  • Soundview Playfield Renovation Project Public Meeting: October 4, 6pm (more)
  • Lake City Neighborhood Alliance Meeting: October 12, 6:30pm (more)

Header image: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods staff on PARK(ing) Day
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Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124, United States
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