In working towards the goal of socially responsible development, we try to zoom in and out. We’ve alternated between actively spending time with developers and neighborhoods, and zooming out to the bigger picture.
This blog may develop into a book on the urban development system through the lens of balancing a culture of stewardship with realities of project financing.
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In Our Neighborhood
Video series concept on changes in Seattle’s Little Saigon, spotlighting the struggles that both developers and community experience in honoring neighborhood character.
Brian is a Realtor who donates a portion of his commissions to anti-displacement efforts in Seattle. He also works as an independent consultant for local developers. Current and past clients include Lake Union Partners, Allegra Properties, SCIDpda (pro bono), and Evolution Projects.
In 2017, we helped facilitate a year of conversations across the national political divide. The resulting story has a lot of implications on connection and community at the local level. (Full story | Summary | Moving forward)
In 2014, Bo wrote two articles on the semantics of density and the relationships between neighborhoods and small-scale developers.
In 2012, we hosted a community conversation with candidates for public office in Seattle on how to better advance the cause of socially responsible development. [URL]
Brian’s 2012 master’s thesis analyzes re-development incentives and their suitability in the International District’s historic core, in light of social structures and owner objectives. [PDF]
Bo’s 2011 master’s thesis is a history of community dialogue in the re-design of Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park, interpreted through the lens of local power structure. [PDF]