20 years later: How are urban villages performing?

15217953753_a3969ec15e_zOn Wednesday, January 28, former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck will present the results and achievements of the Urban Village strategy, which was first adopted into the Seattle Comprehensive Plan in 1994. Part of the Seattle Sustainable Neighborhoods Project (SSNAP), Steinbrueck will share what he believes has worked and how we can continue to monitor how well the Comprehensive Plan is working to manage growth in the city.

It’s been 20 years since the City adopted the 1994 Comprehensive Plan. The Plan’s hallmark, the “urban village strategy,” aimed to guide growth and City investment to designated urban centers and villages. The Seattle Sustainable Neighborhoods Assessment Project (SSNAP) is a study that measures results and achievements of the urban village strategy. Hear about the findings and conclusions that will inform Seattle 2035, the process to update the plan for the 120,000 more people and 115,000 more jobs expected over the next 20 years.

Measuring the Success of Seattle’s Urban Village Strategy

When: Wednesday, January 28
Where: City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 4th Ave. (Enter on 5th Ave.)
Time: 5:30 p.m. (Open House), 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Program)
RSVP here

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Mayor Murray raises the 12th Man flag at City Hall

Mayor Murray was joined by Councilmember Jean Godden and several enthusiastic Seahawks fans and City employees at Seattle City Hall today to raise the 12th Man flag on the public plaza. Murray predicted a big Super Bowl win for the Hawks thanks to the hard work and dedication of the team, coach Pete Carroll, and a notoriously loud contingent of fans that will do their best to be heard all the way to Arizona on Sunday! #gohawks!

12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015
12 Flag Raising at City Hall 2015

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Murray praises Councilmember Rasmussen’s public service

Mayor Murray today issued the following statement after Councilmember Tom Rasmussen announced his intention not to run for reelection:

Rasmussen 2014“Councilmember Rasmussen has been deeply engaged in public life as long as I can remember. As an advocate for seniors, human services, parks and innovative transportation solutions, Tom demonstrates active and effective leadership for our City. He was instrumental in our successful campaign last year to expand bus transit – for which I’m very grateful.

I am especially thankful for his partnership in our effort to secure civil rights and marriage equality for the LGBT community. Seattle is losing a major champion on the council, but we know his community activism will find new outlets as he writes his next chapter.”

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Murray comments on discussions with NBA, NHL

Mayor Murray today issued the following statement after meeting this week with the commissioners of both the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League:

“On Monday in New York City, on my way to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, I met for the first time with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver regarding the status of an NBA team returning to Seattle. While Commissioner Silver said Seattle remains a very attractive city for an NBA franchise with our NBA championship heritage and enthusiastic fan base, the league has no plans to expand at this time. The city will continue to do our part to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle.

While in New York, I also met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman about the future of NHL hockey in Seattle. We are very keen on bringing an NHL team here, and the commissioner recognizes the value we would bring as home to a future franchise. We will continue to work toward that shared vision.”

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Murray lauds Councilmember Licata

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today issued the following statement after Councilmember Nick Licata announced his intention not to run for reelection:

Licata2014_thumb“Councilmember Licata has been a stalwart advocate for those who are too often shut out of the public process – the single working mom, the homeless veteran, the struggling artist. He has used his political savvy to support social justice across our community. After decades of committed public service to the people of Seattle, we owe him a huge debt. His voice will be sorely missed on the City Council.”

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Murray applauds priority hire, car share passage

Today, Mayor Murray issued the following statements on legislation passed by the Seattle City Council:

Mayor Murray on priority hire:

“I salute the entire City Council and the leadership of Committee Chair Sally Clark as our city adopts strong priority hire legislation based on my proposal from last September. This win is an important piece in our shared agenda to make Seattle more affordable and equitable for all communities. When we invest in our community centers, streets and city buildings, we must also invest in the people of our community. This ordinance not only helps someone land a family-wage job, it also opens the door to training and support that can launch a construction career. This partnership benefited from much work from faith leaders, trade unions, community advocates, contractors, apprenticeship programs and others who envision a more prosperous Seattle for all.”

Mayor Murray on expanded car sharing:

“I applaud our City Council for unanimously passing my office’s proposed expansion of car sharing permits in Seattle. This is another step in making Seattle a more livable and interconnected city for those who don’t own vehicles.  This legislation also provides important resources for us to assess the benefits and impacts of car sharing in Seattle. I especially would like to thank Transportation Chair Councilmember Tom Rasmussen for his work on this issue.”

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Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service


Following the annual Garfield High School Martin Luther King, Jr. rally, Mayor Murray, Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas, and Mayor’s office staffers participated in the National Day of Service. The Mayor’s office joined the Nature Consortium, students from the University of Washington, and current Miss Seattle Taryn Smith to plant native trees and spread mulch to help restore the West Duwamish greenbelt.

You can find ways to participate in today’s National Day of Service and beyond by visiting http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday2015.

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Mayor Murray: The determination of the Seahawks is truly inspiring.

imageMayor Ed Murray released the following statement following the NFC Championship Game:


Super Bowl here we come! That was the greatest football game ever played in Seattle. The determination of the Seahawks is truly inspiring. Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for another incredible season. Not only do we have the best team in the NFL, we truly have the best — and loudest– fans in the NFL.

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Statement on the Timing of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Potential New Arena in Seattle

Today Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement on the timing of the Environmental Impact Statement for the potential new arena in Seattle:

“Thursday afternoon I received a briefing about the arena project from the Department of Planning and Development. It was during that briefing that I was informed about the delayed EIS. I have asked DPD to review the EIS timeline and to bring greater transparency to the process surrounding the arena proposal, for all who have an interest in it.”

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Murray on Supreme Court decision to hear marriage equality case: ‘This nation is ready’

Mayor Murray released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to hand down a ruling on marriage equality by June 2015:

“Together we worked for decades in Washington State to pass marriage equality and to help prepare the nation for this moment – when the United States Supreme Court has the opportunity to rule that all Americans should be treated equally under the law regardless of who they love or in which state they live.

I am proud to live in a state where more than one million voters have already affirmed the rights currently under review by the Supreme Court. I know that millions more await an affirmation that equality is not reserved for the few, but for the many. This nation is ready.

Most importantly, we will watch as thousands of gay and lesbian families, who are still living without legal protection in their home states, fulfill their dreams of equality.

It is time that we settle the question once and for all with a simple word – yes. Yes, you can marry the person you love, and yes, your family has a right to be protected under the law just like any other family.”

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