Monday, March 9, 2009

Surviving tough times in Pugetopolis

This Friday, March 13, I will be moderating a panel at City Club as part of their Environment & Sustainability series. The topic: "Tough Times in the Livable City." I'll be leading a discussion with local experts who are on the front line of re-shaping the city, and we'll be looking at what livability is and what the opportunities are for making progress even during down times. Seattle is famed for its boom-and-bust cycles, but some argue that we're at our best when times are hard. We act more locally, and with more innovation. Will the coming months prove that rule? Or is our livability somehow tied only to growth and expansion?

The panel includes: Justin Carder of the Capitol Hill Community Council, Michael McGinn, executive Director of the Seattle Great City Initiative, Denny Onslow, Chief Development officer for Harbor Properties, Michael Patten, executive director of the New Century Theatre Company, and Tony To, executive director of HomeSight of Washington. We'll try and get into some of the details about how Seattle and the region are being shaped in the years ahead.

The event is at Noon (registration at 11:30 am), at Rainier Square's Third Floor Atrium. $20 for CityClub members, $30 for the general public. It will also be taped for later broadcast by TVW and the Seattle Channel.

Also, a reminder: This week's bookstore reading will be Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm at Kirkland's great independent Park Place Books. Hope to see you there.

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