For Today

Minimum Density Public Hearing

Of course, the city council is taking testimony on Mike O'Brien's bill to regulate micro-housing today; aPodment developers and urbanists complain the legislation will curtail production while community groups support new rules—like size minimum averages— to govern what can be built in their neighbborhoods.  (A debate over the bill is raging in our comments threads here and here.)

But there is another O'Brien bill on today's docket that urbanists should dig. 

The Department of Planning and Development wants to add an amendment to the Land Use Code that would require a minimum floor area ratio for development in certain Seattle locations.

O'Brien chairs the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) committee and is advocating for denser development in urban areas. (If you really want to nerd out, PubliCola's Pedestrian Chronicles column went deep on O'Brien's legislation here.)

Signup begins 15 minutes before the hearing so that citizens can add their two cents.

Minimum Density Public Hearing, Fri, Sept 5, 2–2:30pm, City Council Chambers, 600 Fourth Ave, free

For Saturday


Curators of the independently organized, Seattle-based TEDxRainier event are hosting an intimate salon in September. Several past TED talk videos will be featured, followed by an open discussion with the audience regarding how individuals and communities influence culture.

Speakers include Pramila Jayapal, Washington state senate candidate, Phil Klein, business consultant for Microsoft and lead curator for TEDxRainier, Elizabeth Coppinger, cocurator of TEDxRainier, and more.

TEDxRainierSalon, Sat, Sept 6, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

For Sunday

Seattle Design Festival

This citywide event celebrates the ways in which design is able to make life better, easier, and more efficient. Lasting for two weeks, the festival will feature demonstrations, talks, tours, films, installations, exhibitions, and workshops. Hosted by Design in Public and the American Institute of Architects Seattle, this year's theme is Design in Motion.

Today's events include a presentation and exhibits of Little Free Libraries, a simulated driving experience of proposed roadways and highways, a kid-friendly tour of Seattle's architecture, and more.

Seattle Design Festival, Sun, Sept 7, 10am–5pm, Occidental Plaza, 310 Occidental Ave S, free

For Monday

The Revitalization of Olmsted Parks

The President and CEO of Buffalo Olmsted Conservatory will share the success of Buffalo, New York’s park restoration and discuss how Seattle could take a note or two. The Olmsted brother’s created Seattle’s park system over 100 years ago but their model has deteriorated over time. 

Before the lecture is a showing of The Best Planned City in the World, a movie on the creation of Buffalo’s park system.

The Revitalization of Olmsted Parks, Mon, Sept 8, 6:30–9pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $8–$10

Advance Notice for September 12

Thom Hartmann: Money, Politics, and Saving Our Democracy

Author Thom Hartmann will speak on the current economic and political climate. His book, The Crash of 2016, discusses his idea of the next “great crash.” He focuses on the lack of moral standards in the nation being the cause of its downfall.

Hartmann, a bestselling author, radio host, and political analyst, will also give his advice for a stable future.

Thom Hartmann: Money, Politics, and Saving Our Democracy, Fri, Sept 12, 7:30–10pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $15–$20 

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