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UDF: Post-COVID Urbanism

Over one year has passed since the first U.S. outbreak of the Pandemic in our own Washington State. The impacts of COVID-19 over the past year have put a tremendous burden on the local economy. Small businesses and the food and drink industry have been particularly hard hit, where indoor spaces have severe capacity constraints or have been closed altogether, many permanently. In order to maintain economic stability and resilience throughout this hardship, temporary measures of tactical urbanism in our streets have become the new normal.

This roundtable event provides a platform to discuss opportunities and challenges regarding the tactical urbanism measures The City has implemented to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our communities. We will hear from the local community and The City of Seattle, including Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, and a small business owner about the current measures in place to enhance community resilience during the pandemic, such as Stay Healthy Streets, Stay Healthy Blocks, and street closure permits for pedestrian access. We will assess the impact of these developments on our communities and how much of this new right-of-way infrastructure is here to stay.

As we prepare for a future beyond the Pandemic, we ask, “what is  Post-Covid Urbanism?” How do we maintain a safe, healthy environment that provides a connected system of neighborhoods and that brings economic viability equitably to all businesses?

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This program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Urban Design Forum. This live, online program is presented with full closed captioning. Please note in your registration if you would like to be contacted for specific accommodations to fully participate in this program. Contact Member Engagement Manager, Connor Descheemaker, with any specific questions or concerns.

Key Documents for Reference:
(Optional reading before the event)


From Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT):
Susan McLaughlin, SDOT Urban Design
Alyse Nelson, SDOT Public Space Management, Manager

From Seattle Neighborhood Greenways:
Robin Randels, Founder of Greenwood Phinney Greenways
Terry Holme, Rainier Valley Greenways

From the small business community:
Taylor McAtee, Owner Snapshot Brewing in Greenwood

From Duwamish Valley Safe Streets:
Peaches Thomas, Lead Community Organizer


March 24, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Price


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938