Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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Seattle Histories: Seattle “The City of Clocks”

Community leader and Seattle native Mark Mendez tells the story of his great uncles Joseph, Albert, and Marcus Mayer immigrating to Seattle in the late 1800s, forming the jewelry manufacturing company Joseph Mayer & Brothers, and building the iconic green and gold street clocks that still grace the streets of Seattle and many other West Coast cities to this day.

Read the full story on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

City Begins Analysis of One Seattle Plan Alternatives: After gathering public input over the summer on several growth concepts, the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development is launching a detailed environmental analysis to support the One Seattle Plan. Read about the plan and Environmental Impact Statement.

Request for Proposals Sought for Cascade People’s Center Management: Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks proposals for the management and operation of public recreation, arts and cultural, or environmental programming at the Cascade People’s Center in Cascade Park. Learn more about proposal timeline and process.

Times and Park Locations Announced for Christmas Ships: The Argosy Christmas Ships parade will cruise Lake Washington, hosting onboard chorus singing for the community at pre-planned locations along the shore. This year Seattle Parks and Recreation will offer bonfires at selected stops for onlookers to stay warm. See the schedule for annual Christmas Ships celebration.

New Pilot Program Gives Discounted Transit Rides for Using Bike and Scooter Shares: The Seattle Department of Transportation has launched a new program that provides users with rewards for utilizing bike and scooter share services between select transit hubs. Learn more about the transit pilot program.

Help Shape the 2024 Parks and Open Space Plan: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the process of updating the Parks and Open Space Plan to maintain the City’s eligibility for state-administered grants. Get more information about the Plan and learn how you can get involved.

In The Community

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A Guide to Native Art Markets This Winter

Recognized in November, Native American Heritage Month and Native American Heritage Day on Nov. 25 celebrate diverse Native cultures. As we turn to gift-giving season, a wonderful way to support our Indigenous communities and honor Native American heritage is by buying from Native makers and artists. South Seattle Emerald has developed a list of Native art markets, both seasonal and ongoing, throughout the Seattle area to help customers support Indigenous artisans this holiday season. 

Read more in South Seattle Emerald.


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The Beacon is Back: Massive Monkees Reopens Breakdancing Studio

After a two-and-a-half-year pandemic related hiatus, Seattle-based breakdancing crew Massive Monkees has reopened its studio at a new location. The new studio on Rainier Avenue South is located along the border of the Little Saigon and Hiawatha neighborhoods in a space that previously housed a Chinese antiques store. The group celebrated the occasion with a grand reopening event on Nov. 5. The celebration included breaking workshops for all ages and levels, a one-on-one battle, an open styles cypher, and more.

Read more in Northwest Asian Weekly.


Share Your Feedback

Share Your Input on the Design of the Alki Point Healthy Street: Help the Seattle Department of Transportation by providing feedback on plans and designs to help improve safety for all users on Beach Drive SW and Alki Avenue SW. View designs and share input.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Input on Recreational Programs: Community members are invited to listening sessions held throughout the city to share their thoughts on recreational services and provide input on community center hours and communications. See the list of sessions and locations.