Benjamin Ross sees shifts in the suburbs.

For Today

May "Friday" Forum

Transportation Choices Coalition's monthly Friday Forum has moved to Wednesday this month for a discussion of Benjamin Ross's book Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism. 

Suburban America used to be synonymous with friendly neighborhood barbecues, masses of kids playing safely in the streets, and generally close-knit communities of middle class families. Now, however, Ross argues that suburbia has become a term for isolated communities suffering from an overabundance of strip malls and a dependance on environment-destroying single passenger vehicles.

Join Ross and TCC to discuss the causes and impacts of this shift in suburban culture, and how the history of suburbia can influence the future of city development.

Interested, but can't make a lunch talk? Ross will be at Elliot Bay Book Company at 7 pm as well.

May Friday ForumWed, May 7, Noon– 1 pm, Downtown Seattle YMCA Room 123, 909 4th Ave, free.

Pronto! Cycle Share Community Planning Workshop

Pronto! Cycle Share, formerly known as Puget Sound Bike Share, is rolling out 50 new bike-rental stations around the city starting in September. Weigh in on where you think those stations should go at this community planning meeting, featuring an appearance by Mayor Ed Murray.

Pronto! Cycle Share Planning Workshop, Wed, May 7, 5pm, Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., free.

Community Budget Workshops

The Seattle City Council is looking for input on 2015-16 spending priorities, and will be coming to four neighborhoods to hear directly from the common folk.

Each workshop will be focused on particular departments, and will begin with a brief presentation from the City Budget Office before attendees break into small groups to discuss the details with council members.

The breakdown of days, locations, and departments from the SDOT website is as follows:

Wed., May 7, 6–8pm
Transportation/Land Use
Garfield Community Center, Multipurpose Room (Central Area)

Thurs., May 8, 6–8pm
University Heights Community Center, Room 209 (University District)

Wed., May 14, 6–8pm
Public Safety/Civil Rights
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Room 111 (Delridge)

For Thursday 

2014 Power of Choice Awards & Celebration

Occidental College politics department chair Dr. Caroline Heldman headlines this National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) benefit event recognizing State Senator Steve Hobbs and West Seattle Representative Eileen Cody for their work in sponsoring the Reproductive Parity Act.

Representative Cody introduced the bill in the House, where it was passed for the third year in a row, while Senator Hobbs is among the bill's sponsors in Congress working to bring it to the floor for a vote. All proceeds from tickets and donations will go to the NARAL Pro-Choice Washington PAC.

2014 Power of Choice Awards and Celebration, Thurs, May 8, Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S,  $75–$5000.

For Friday

Control: A Living Newspaper

No, newspapers have not come to life, and no, you couldn't control one if they did. Everyone knows only Rupert Murdoch can do that.

The title of this play from writer, director, and founder of the award-winning Strawberry Theatre Workshop Greg Carter refers to the recently excalating gun control debate and the ways in which news agencies have shaped the national conversation about guns and gun safety.

Set primarily in a newsroom, the play aims to present multiple perspectives on the issue from the POVs of writers, editors, news executives, and others while exploring the original writing of gun laws. 

Like the company's other works— notably the critically-acclaimed productions Breaking the Code and The Laramie Project, Control: A Living Newspaper should continue Strawberry Theatre Workshop's tradition of providing entertaining and informative looks at relevant social issues. 

Control: A Living Newspaper, Fri, May 9, 7:30–9:30 pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $13 in advance, $15 at the door. 

Advance Notice For May 20

Treating Childhood Poverty for a Healthier Future

Seattle City Club is hosting a luncheon to discuss the horrors of childhood poverty and possible methods to improve the health and prospective futures of Seattle's at-risk youth. 

More speakers are being corralled, but the current line up includes Thrive by Five President and CEO Sam Whiting, Odessa Brown Children's Clinic Medical Director Ben Danielson, and moderator James Whitfield, President of the Washington Health Foundation. 

Is it ironic that a discussion of childhood poverty features an expensive lunch and dessert? Perhaps, but the information presented should be worthwhile and will hopefully inspire actions beneficial to impoverished kids. 

Treating Childhood Poverty for a Healthier Future, Tue, May 20, 11:30 am–1:30 pm, Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Avenue, $12–$45.

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