Seattle Neighborhoods: The vibrant core
Seattle is a city of neighborhoods. The neighborhoods have a rare chance to meet, discuss any issues and look at how common needs can be addressed.
We don’t mean to fuel Downtown vs. Neighborhoods sentiments, because Seattle’s communities enjoy the vibrancy of the business core. But the neighborhoods often think they have a hard time being heard consistently at City Hall.
The Seattle Neighborhood Summit will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall (with a networking session beginning at 5:15 p.m.). The event, sponsored by Seattle’s City Neighborhood Council, is a good chance for residents from every area to get together, explore issues of concern and look at ways to improve their city.
Chris Leman, chairman of the city-chartered advisory council, said the summit will be the first one in nearly three years. He said there has been an effort to learn from previous sessions and make sure participants have chances to talk, rather than just listen to speakers. So, there are more than a dozen breakout sessions on an array of issues that touch neighborhoods most, including public safety, parks, transit, roads and sidewalks. There’s also a youth and schools session, which Leman said could offer teenagers an opportunity to speak up about their needs.
Mayor Greg Nickels is to deliver opening remarks and at least two City Council members are expected to comment at the end. But the event’s heart is about bringing citizens together in a spot where they can look beyond elections toward a healthy future for the city and the neighborhoods.