Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Recognizing and Honoring Seattle's Black Community for Black History Month 

In celebration of Black History Month, we are hosting a series of profiles and stories to amplify and honor people, businesses, organizations, and events connected to the history of Seattle’s Black community. Profiles includes current leaders and historic figures, as well as influential Black-owned businesses and organizations that serve as an integral thread in the fabric of our city. 

Check out the stories on the Front Porch Blog.


Equitable Vaccine Distribution and Future of Seattle the Focus of State of the City Address: Listen to Mayor Durkan's fourth State of the City address and she discusses her vision for Seattle on the other side of the pandemic. (more)

From Migration to Mark Making: Jacob Lawrence and the Impact of Black Pioneers in Washington State: Join the Northwest African American Museum for a lively conversation about the work of Jacob Lawrence, one of the first nationally recognized Black artists. (more)

First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Provided to City of Seattle: Learn more about the City's vaccine rollout and the plan for equitable distribution moving forward. (more)

Age Friendly Seattle's Virtual Civic Coffee Hour: Meet Mariko Lockhart: Hear the Seattle Office of Civil Rights Director address her work advancing civil rights and ending barriers to equity. Thursday, February 18 @ 10:30 a.m. (more)

Join the Seattle Women's Commission: .Learn about the commission's vacant positions and how you can help advise the City on matters related to women's issues. (more)

New Building Code Legislation Aimed at Increasing Energy Efficiency: Learn about the new law to increase energy efficiency and improve access to onsite renewables. (more)

Help Advise the City on Social Justice Issue as Part of the Seattle Human Rights Commission: Check out the ways departments across the city are collaborating to address litter and garbage. (more)

Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC) Public Participation Paused for 2021: Learn more about the decision to suspend new idea collection and project development, and focus instead on the completion of previously awarded projects. (more)

Application Deadline Extended for International Special Review District Board Membership:  There is still time to apply for the open position! The application deadline has been extended to Monday, February 22 @ 5 p.m. (more)

Don't Go Low: Fines Enforced on West Seattle Low Bridge: A reminder that fines are being enforced for unauthorized vehicles traveling on the low bridge. (more)

Clean City Initiative Collects Over 1,000lbs of Trash in January: Learn more about the collaborative effort to clean up the City and properly dispose of garbage littering streets, parks, business areas, and sidewalks. (more)

Traffic Signal Policy Puts Pedestrian Safety First: Updates to traffic signals help balance the needs of people using all modes of transportation. (more)


Black and white photo of the Cayton family on their front porch

Honoring the Legacy of the Cayton-Revels Family

Horace Cayton and Susie Revels are arguably one of the most historically important families in Seattle that you've probably never heard of. As owners of The Seattle Republican, the most widely read Black-owned newspaper in the region, Cayton and Revels made many historical firsts in politics and business, and were pioneers in the fight for equality and racial justice. Bigotry and racism wiped their legacy from Seattle's history, and their contributions and successes need to be recognized. The Cayton-Revels Capitol Hill home has been nominated to be an Historical Landmark and will be considered on February 17.

Read the full story in Crosscut


Community Feedback Needed for Parking and Curbside Changes around Climate Pledge Arena: Help shape street changes for effective movement in the Uptown area. (more)

Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange Seeks Community Input for Strategic Planning: Provide feedback and information on SPACE exhibits and events to help shape future installations. (more)

Input Needed for South Lake Union Community Center: Help shape the new welcoming space at the corner of Mercer Street and Dexter Ave. (more)

Online Open House for South Park Community Center Site: Learn about the final design and construction schedule for the South Park Community Center and Sitewide design. (more)