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February 24, 9:40 AM click here to comment > 0

The Reader – State of the City

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
News, Updates, and Information
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State of the City
This week Mayor McGinn delivered his 2012 State of the City address, focusing on economic development, education, transportation and public safety.

Highlights of the speech include:
•Regulatory reforms to help local businesses

•Expanding broadband service
•Investments in our neighborhood business districts
•Advancing rail planning to connect our neighborhoods
•Launching a Road Safety campaign
•Northgate Elementary 3rd grade reading program
•Pathways to Careers job training program

•SPD Violence Prevention Emphasis Patrols
•3rd Avenue initiative

Click here to read or watch the full speech.

Update on parking rates in Chinatown/International District
We’re working with business owners and community members to ensure our parking policies in Chinatown/International District are meeting our shared goals. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has all the data and details on their blog.

Our City, Our Food, Our Future
The City recently hired a new Food Policy Advisor, who is working in our Office of Sustainability and Environment to create an action agenda that further improves people’s ability to grow, eat, and sell local and healthy food in Seattle. In order to create that agenda, we’re bringing together stakeholders in the food community for a series of Our City, Our Food, Our Future listening sessions.

For more information, including the dates and locations of the sessions, see this recent blog post.

Upcoming Events (for more see

Feb 27: 5:30 p.m. – Waterfront Seattle Forum: Environment and Ecology, Downstairs at Town Hall Seattle (1119 8th Ave)

Feb 28: 5:00 p.m. – Ballard Neighborhood Town Hall with Mayor McGinn, The Ballard Landmark (5433 Leary Ave NW)

March 3: 10:30 a.m. – Technology Matching Fund Information Session, Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW)

March 6: 5:00 p.m. – Eastlake Neighborhood Town Hall with Mayor McGinn, TOPS K-8 School (2500 Franklin Ave E)

What we’re reading:
Nation’s largest public Food Forest takes root on Beacon Hill

Race still a work in progress

Seattle: If this is a bust, what will a boom look like?

Amazon’s Denny Triangle deal: A real blockbuster

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill