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. Let's continue to bring new ideas and approaches to this strategy. One of my first 100-day activities will include hosting a Neighborhood Summit that will provide a forum for discussion and new ideas to consider as we think through planning for the future of our communities.

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.

With the development of the Waterfront, we face a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the future character of the city, of the kind that our city has not seen since the 1962 World's Fair.  A number of capital projects - replacement of the seawall, demolition of viaduct, the de-commissioning of Battery Street tunnel, the building new Alaska Way and Elliott Way surface streets - combined together present the chance to create a 20-plus acre urban playground with countless residential, recreational and commercial possibilities for people of the city. This is a top priority for my administration.

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