For Today

Planning for the next 20 years

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Planning for Growth

Tonight, the Department of Planning and Development is holding an open house to discuss the expected growth in Seattle over the next 20 years and the plans for handling it.

Head to City Hall for presentations on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Seattle's Comprehensive Plan, and share your comments on the three planning options.

EIS Scoping Meeting and Open House, Mon, March 24, 5–7pm, Bertha Landes Room, City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, free.

For Tuesday

Ask the Mayor

The Seattle Channel's "Ask the Mayor" program is going live and interactive—you can sign up to be in the audience and ask a question, email questions in advance to, or tweet during the show @SeattleChannel with the hashtag #AsktheMayor.

The program gives you a chance to ask mayor Ed Murray about a variety of issues, and this week's installment will focus on income inequality and the minimum wage issue. The co-chairs of the mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee—Howard Wright and David Rolf—will be answering minimum wage questions alongside the mayor in the second half of the show.

Register in advance to attend the live show or watch from home.

Ask the Mayor, Tue, March 25, 7–8pm (doors open at 6), Bertha Landes Room, City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, free.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

From our Advance Notice files: The fight for a living wage is happening nationwide, and the immediate effects that higher wages will have for people living in poverty are obvious.

Ways to solve poverty at the roots, however, are much less obvious.

William Easterly, author and co-director of New York University's Development Research Institute, believes that violation of freedom is the main reason people remain in poverty. In his new book, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, Easterly points out that we need to address systemic inequality and find a solution that starts with individual respect and freedom.

William Easterly: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Tue, March 25, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.

For Wednesday

Think & Drink

In 2011, Humanities Washington launched Think & Drink, a program centered around conversation, debate, and alcohol. 2014's events are focused around Race, Place, & Culture, and this week the discussion will cover civil rights protests from the 1960s to the 1980s. 

You don't have to be a UW student to join in, but you do have to be 21 or older, so bring your ID, have a beer, and get your creative discussion juices flowing.

Think & Drink: A History of Protest: Civil Rights Movements in Seattle from the 1960s to 1980s, Wed, March 26, 7pm, Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, free.

Advance Notice for March 31

President Carter

With the release of his book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, former President Jimmy Carter will be at Elliott Bay Books for a reading and a signing.

A Call to Action discusses the discrimination and violence against women across the world, and the personal call to action that Carter feels to address these issues. The book, which specifically addresses the justification of violence through misinterpreted religious texts, is also a call to action to readers—to join the effort in striving for equal rights. 

The announcement on Elliott Bay's website notes:

Tickets to join the signing line for the event will be given out with a purchase of A Call to Action from the Elliott Bay Book Company. The book goes on sale Tuesday, March 25 and advance purchases may be made online, at the bookstore, or by calling 206-624-6600... Due to time constraints we will not be able to accommodate personalized book requests or posed pictures. 

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