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UDF: Urbanizing the Suburbs

Transforming Seattle’s first-ring suburbs for an urban future

Presented by AIA Seattle’s Urban Design Forum

As global population becomes ever more urban, America continues to dabble with city life. After a two decades of revitalizing the urban core and experiencing an urban lifestyle, many people are being priced out of the center city, carrying with them the desire to continue traits of this urban lifestyle such as mixed-use neighborhoods, transit access, reduced car dependence, convenience, walkability, bikability, rich culture, creative food and nightlife.

Seeking to meet demand, many suburban areas are applying these urban attributes to shape their growth and re-imagine their built environments through the eyes of the pedestrian. With an expanding transit network, the Puget Sound region is seeing an array of these urbanizing nodes organized around future transit hubs. What does this growth mean for our suburbs, for our regional network population centers? What future awaits?

We will host a panel of Seattle planners, suburban organizers and a local small business owner to discuss their experiences shaping growth in our region’s suburbs. Free beer! Come join us!


      • Justin Cline, Full Tilt Ice Cream Founder (White Center)
      • Rory Paine, Mountlake Terrace Community Foundation (Mountlake Terrace)
      • Adam Bettcher, Mountlake Terrace Community Foundation (Mountlake Terrace)
      • Katie Sheehy, Senior Urban Planner at City of Seattle (Lake City)
      • Michael Hubner, AICP, Long Range Planning Manager with City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development

Registration encouraged. This event is free to attend.

Program Questions?
Contact Connor Descheemaker, Membership & Volunteer Manager at AIA Seattle


October 22, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


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