A Vibrant City

The urban village model - with livable, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and nearby parks - is a successful strategy for managing growth in Seattle's neighborhoods. I want to continue bringing new ideas and approaches to this strategy. During my first 100-days in office, I hosted my first Neighborhood Summit to provide a forum for discussion and new ideas to consider as we think through planning for the future of our communities. I look forward to hosting more of these at the city and neighborhood levels.

The Port of Seattle is the closest big-city port to the Asian market, and our export region is regularly among the top five regions nationally. The good-paying shipping, trucking, railroad, fishing, steel and other freight-related jobs that flow from this considerable economic activity account for a majority of the middle-class job opportunities in our city. Strengthening this activity and ensuring these jobs stay available will require a comprehensive strategy that integrates zoning, transit, freight mobility, regulatory issues and infrastructure development with our regional partners at the port, county, state and federal levels.