Open Space Seattle:2100

Monday, February 06, 2006

Green Future Charrette

All images by Hartson Photography

There are platitudes and boring cliches. But the charrette was amazing. So much energy, so many ideas, so many opportunities to fulfill the potential of a brighter future for Seattle. We invite your reflections and hopes in the comments below.

For us to see developers and community members talking and agreeing and moving toward a better vision of the city as a whole is just plain refreshing. As Patrick Condon, our keynote speaker said, charrettes allow people to "solve a complex problem in a ridiculously short amount of time." And to hear community members advocating for development and developers noting that, yes, that parcel does need to be a park, is incredible. For all of our entrenched oppositions, to break those barriers down and actually having a conversation it wonderful.

Then there were the designs. Proof again that all of us together are smarter than each of us alone. From a new city rising on the banks of the Duwamish where Boeing Field rests now (vertical take-offs in the future, you see) to a widened and beautified Rainier Ave. Tremendous.

To see it all, it will be in Gould Hall Court until Wednesday at 5:30pm. If you would like to see photographs of the charrette, take a look at


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