Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Seattle Histories: Chinatown Childhood

In the latest installment of the Seattle Histories storytelling project, lifelong Chinatown volunteer and advocate, Betty Lau, recounts her childhood growing up with her immediate and extended family above her parents’ laundry business in Seattle’s Chinatown neighborhood.
The Seattle Histories storytelling project highlights the places, people, and events that have shaped the history of Seattle’s communities. These stories, told by community members, emphasize experiences and narratives that may have been overlooked or misrepresented in our city.

Read Betty's full story on the Front Porch Blog

Other City News

West Seattle Bridge Community Engagement Helps Shape Program: Conversations with focus groups and community members have provided important input for serving businesses and residents through the bridge closure. (more)

The Importance of Pronouns: Gender Justice Strategic Advisor Leo Segovia discusses different gender identities and the harmful impacts of misgendering people. (more)

Partnership with Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Helps Seattle Promise Scholars: Seattle is the first city in Washington State to become a municipal partner for this competitive scholarship that gives scholars access to continued financial aid and support to further their education. (more)

Final Phase of West Seattle Bridge Repairs Underway: Construction crews have started on the final phase of high-priority repair work to prepare the bridge for reopening in mid-2022. (more)

Construction Begins on New Lake City Park: The property purchased with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy will bring play structures, garden plots, picnic areas, accessible pathways, and public art. (more)

Members Sought for Seattle’s Design Review Boards: Positions are open on boards across Seattle. Board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. Apply by December 15. (more)

Seattle Disability Commission Seeking New Members: Individuals who live or work in Seattle and are passionate about working with local government officials to improve experiences within the disability communities are encouraged to apply! (more)

Seattle LGBTQ Commission Seeking Candidates: Commissioners help identify areas of concern, make recommendations regarding policy and legislative changes, and serve as liaisons between LGBTQ communities and city government. (more)

In The Community

Two volunteers at a tool library help a customer find a tool

Neighborhood Tool Libraries Keep Seattle-Area DIYers Well-Equipped

Public tool libraries are a growing phenomenon, with hundreds of facilities popping up worldwide. There are around a dozen tool libraries operating in and around Seattle, some more specialized (urban farming, business energy use) and others focused on tools for the home and garden. Locally, tool libraries have been established in Phinney Ridge, West Seattle, Capitol Hill, and Southeast Seattle.

Read the full story in The Seattle Times

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Community Input Needed for Carkeek Park Play Area Renovation: Seattle Parks and Recreation is beginning the process of renovating the existing play area to improve equipment and increase accessibility. (more)