Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Seattle Park District referendum

WP_20140712_013Image from the Seattle Parks Foundation Love Parks campaign.

It looks like creating a Seattle Parks District with the ability to levy a tax on property has been approved by Seattle voters ("Seattle Metropolitan Parks District: A tense 'yes'," Crosscut).

Some people criticized the proposal because the "Parks District" leadership will be comprised of the City Council, operating as the Parks District, and there are concerns that there are inadequate controls and plans in place to ensure that monies aren't wasted ("Seattle Park District continues trend toward victory," Seattle Times).

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