Join us in discussion with Sam Assefa, Director of Seattle’s Office of Planning & Community Development. After the discussion, Moses Gates, Annie Levers, and Beatrice Sibblies will join as respondents.

In 2015, Seattle’s elected officials passed the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, a guide to future neighborhood growth. The 20-year roadmap framed planning, design and development initiatives through principles of racial equity, economic opportunity, and community and environmental justice. Through its unique data-centric approach, the city has marshaled investments for new housing, child and health care facilities, and job opportunities in historically underinvested communities.

As New York City grapples with long-term planning under the next mayor, what can Seattle teach us about balancing citywide and neighborhood goals?

Listen back below.

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About Shape Shift ↓

Shaping Complete Neighborhoods is the seventh event for our Shape Shift series, a year-long inquiry into the current state of planning in New York City. As we approach the mayoral election cycle, the Forum has revisited historic planning shifts, surveyed international cities, and debated alternative approaches on ways the next mayor should shape the built environment to build a more equitable city.

With the launch of 21 Visions for 2021, the Urban Design Forum will lead a series of events urging New York City’s next leaders to shape a more equitable planning, design and development process.