PubliCalendar: The Waterfront of the Future
Today's picks for civic nerds.
Seattle Speaks: Wade into the Waterfront
Change is coming to the Seattle waterfront, and the groups behind the revamp, which includes a public promenade replete with parks, plazas, and a fresh batch of piers, are looking for your input.
Attend the panel—featuring city planning director Marshall Foster, Central Waterfront Committee co-chair Maggie Walker, and Ivar's President Bob Donegan, among others—to learn more about what your future waterfront will look like—and let the city know what you'd like to see online .
Wade into the Waterfront, Tue, Apr 29, 6:30–8pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, free.
The Agricultural Hemp Revolution
He wants to talk about the possibilities of hemp.
Author Doug Fine wants to talk about more than just legal marijuana use—he wants to talk about the possibilities of hemp.
Coming from the same plant as marijuana, hemp has the potential to be the "next cash crop," Fine argues. His latest book, Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, speculates that hemp could be the next big thing in alternative fuel, farming, and more.
The Agricultural Hemp Revolution, Wed, Apr 30, 7:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.
Brown Bag Lunch: Family-Sized Housing
The Seattle Planning Commission has put together a panel to discuss the increasing rarity of available housing suitable for raising kids within the city. (Josh wrote one of his "Urban Upgrade" columns for the mag about this problem and the Planetizen blog wrote about it this month as well)
Of all American cities, Seattle has the second lowest percentage of houses occupied by families with children, a fact the Commission warns may forcibly decrease the time families have to spend together as parents contend with super commutes.
The panel, led by Planning Commission co-chair Dave Cutler, vice-chair Catherine Benotto, and executive director Vanessa Murdock, will discuss both the group's efforts to buck this trend and other possible options to create better housing options for Seattle's child rearing families.
Brown Bag Lunch: Family-Sized Housing, Thu, May 1, noon–1:30 pm, GGLO Space at the Steps, 1305 1st Avenue, free.
Community Climate Forum
Mayor Ed Murray and city coucil member Mike O'Brien will be eating Cinco de Mayo dinner with the staff from the Office of Sustainability and Environment next Monday at city hall while discussing the findings of Murray's Moving the Needle environmental progress report.
RSVP for a plate dinner, an opportunity to learn about Moving the Needle, and the chance to participate in a conversation about sustainability with the aforementioned bigwigs, former councilmember Peter Steinbrueck and Joel Sisolak of Capitol Hill EcoDistrict.
Community Climate Forum, Mon, May 5, 5–7 pm, Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, free.
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