Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Seattle Histories: Flowers Need Sunlight by Cleopatra Cutler

Local painter and muralist Cleopatra Cutler writes an ode to the 2011 West Seattle queer scene and OutWest Bar. As the only LGBTQ+ bar in West Seattle, OutWest provided a safe place close to home for Cleopatra to meet like-minded people and the freedom to be her true self.

Read the full story on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

International Special Review District Board Announces Candidates for Annual Election: This annual election of board members will be held by mail-in ballot only and physical ballots must be received by the Department of Neighborhoods by Nov. 15. Read about the candidates.

Free Adult Bike Helmets Available at Seattle Customer Service Centers: Through December 2022, the Seattle Department of Transportation will be giving out free bike helmets and scooter/bike share educational materials at six Seattle Customer Service Centers located throughout the city. Learn more about the helmet program and distribution locations.

Community Organizations Awarded $1.6 Million to Support Equitable Birth Outcomes and Early Childhood Development: The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning has announced awards for the Prenatal-to-Three Community Grant Program, which aims to reduce outcome disparities for young children based on race, gender, or socioeconomic factors. Learn about the 11 community organizations receiving this funding.

Help Shape Growth and Change in the Region by Participating in the One Seattle Plan Community Meetings: This series of five in-person community meetings hosted throughout Seattle will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the plan, talk with City staff and community, and provide feedback to help guide future community investments. Get more information about the One Seattle Comprehensive Plan as well as dates and times for community meetings.

In The Community

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Honor D’Vonne Pickett’s Legacy: Build Up Seattle Community

On the evening of Oct. 19, community builder and entrepreneur D’Vonne Pickett was fatally shot outside his mail and shipping business, The Postman, in the Central District. In starting his business, Pickett wanted to do more than offer shipping services. He wanted a place where people could connect, talk politics, and trade opinions. Pickett envisioned The Postman as “a cornerstone for people, an outlet to talk or a meeting space to have some time to connect.”

Read more in the Seattle Times.

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Beacon Hill Theater Company, The Williams Project, Centers Season on Productions by Black, Queer Playwrights

Known for challenging the classic economic model of theater, The Williams Project prepares to open the 2022-2023 season with plays from James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Their adaptation of Baldwin’s The Amen Corner and Hansberry’s The Sign in Sidney Burstein’s Window are as relevant now as ever as they focus on themes of safety, dealing with a crisis of faith, and unconsciously perpetuating inequality. You can catch The Amen Corner showing now through November 20 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.

Read more in the South Seattle Emerald.


Share Your Feedback

Share Your Thoughts on Phase 2 of the Seattle Transportation Plan: Help the Seattle Department of Transportation in their commitment to build a safe, efficient, and affordable transportation system for all by reviewing the Seattle Transportation Plan and sharing your vision for the future of local transportation. Take the survey.

Be Part of the Community Revisioning Process for Lake Washington Boulevard: Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking community members to help co-create design concepts for the street that promote pedestrian and bicycle use and increase safety for everyone using the corridor. Provide your input on this safety enhancement project.