[nfbwatlk] {Disarmed} FW: Thursday's Brownbag Kicks Off An Exceptional Month of Programming at Great City

Jacob Struiksma lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 11 21:47:06 UTC 2011

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Great City Board 

Brice Maryman
Board Chair
Matt Anderson
Chuck Ayers
Yusuf Cabdi
Josh Chaitin 

Nate Cole-Daum 
Dave Cook

Nate Cormier
Joshua Curtis 

Cheryl dos Remedios
Jessie Israel
Jeff Pavey

Catherine Stanford
Alison van Gorp
Diana Vergis Vinh
Chuck Wolfe


What a month it is shaping up to be here at Great City. We have a number of
events coming up that you'll want to get on your calendar.

This Thursday, we begin with:

Where: GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps (click
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316017&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.advocate4culture.org%2F>  is a coalition
of people who believe that arts and heritage is vital to our economy,
quality-of-life, education and pride in our communities. Since 1990, a
portion of hotel-motel lodging taxes have been supporting arts and culture
in King County. These revenues are managed by 4Culture, which is now the
largest regular source of grant revenue for King County arts and heritage
organizations and programs. 

4Culture invests $4.5 million in more than 500 local organizations, artists'
projects and education initiatives every year. These funds are a powerful
economic driver for local tourism because they make King County an
attractive place to visit. Arts and heritage enhances our quality of life
and defines our communities. Together, the cultural industry in King County
pumps $250 million into the local economy each year, including $100 million
from tourists.

Despite these enormous benefits, the lodging taxes that support arts and
culture will expire in 2012 if our state legislature does not act now. The
loss of the lodging tax would mean a devastating 90 percent reduction in
funding for arts and heritage in King County.

While elected officials are facing considerable economic pressures, this
crisis can be averted by the state legislature this year, by reauthorizing a
small percentage of future visitor taxes to be invested back into King
County's cultural industry. This presentation will provide an overview of
4Culture's impact on the community and explain how you can join the effort
to save 4Culture. 


Ronda Billerbeck is currently a volunteer member of the 4Culture Arts
Advisory Committee. As Cultural Programs Manager for the City of Kent, she
oversees the Kent Arts Commission's active performing arts program,
community events, granting programs and public art collection. Ronda is an
active member of regional and national arts organizations, and has served as
President of Arts Northwest and the Advocacy and Lobbying Chair for the
Washington State Arts Alliance.  Ronda completed a Senior Management
Fellowship at Americans for the Arts in Washington D.C. (2004) She also
participated in Americans for the Arts' Local Arts Agency Executive
Leadership Seminar at the Aspen Institute (2009) and Sundance Institute

Visual artist and arts activist Mary Ann Peters is is currently a volunteer
member of the 4Culture Public Art Advisory Committee. As a painter, her
awards include the prestigious MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Neddy Award
for Painting from the Behnke Foundation, a residency from the Northwest
Institute of Architecture & Urban Studies in Italy, and an Artist Trust
Leadership and Painting Excellence Award. She recently completed a large
scale commission facilitated by Olson/Kundig Architects in Hong Kong. For
seven years she served as the Northwest representative on the board of the
National Campaign for Freedom of Expression. Mary Ann also served as a
founding member of Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art (COCA) and is an
advisor to multiple arts organizations. 

Josef Krebs has been involved in Seattle's cultural life as an artist,
administrator, board volunteer, advisor, and loudmouth since 2001.  He has
served as chief development officer for Annex Theatre, Seattle Youth
Symphony Orchestras (SYSO) and ACT Theatre, creating new departments at each
and driving significant revenue growth.  Josef served Treasurer for the
Washington State Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for
four years and serves on the board of Theatre Off Jackson, the Great City
Arts Committee, and the Cabinet of the Advocate4Culture Coalition.  In his
spare time, Josef provides pro bono advice and consultation to artists and
smaller arts organizations including fringe theatres, visual artists,
musicians, and dance companies.

The panel will be moderated by Great City board member Cheryl dos Remedios,
who chairs the Arts, Heritage, Historic Preservation and Public Art
Committee. Cheryl currently serves on the Cabinet of Advocate4Culture and
has been a volunteer member of the 4Culture Public Art Advisory Committee
Please join the Advocate4Culture Coalition at http://www.
advocate4culture.org/p/join- us.html 

Brownbag: Scandinavia to Seattle: Notes from City to City
Where: GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps (click
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316017&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.isiseattle.org%2F> Sustainability
Institute recently hosted a first-hand tour of the progressive urban
planning, transportation and energy innovations of three Scandinavian
cities: Copenhagen, Malmo and Stockholm. Join us as a member of Seattle's
City Council and several city officials reflect on what they learned and how
it can be brought back to Seattle. 


Patricia Chase is the Executive Director of i-SUSTAIN which leads urban
sustainability study tours to many other parts of the world, including
Mexico City, Cuba and Denmark. The company has also developed
state-of-the-art visualization tools to help clients take urban
sustainability to the next level.

Anne Fiske-Zuniga is Senior Project Manager for the Seattle Housing
Authority's Yesler Terrace Redevelopment Project.  The project will
transform a 30-acre extremely low income public housing community into a
mixed income, mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood featuring sustainable
infrastructure and green building technologies. 

Marshall Foster is the City Planning Director in Seattle's Department of
Planning and Development (DPD). The City Planning Director oversees
Seattle's comprehensive and regional planning, land use policy, neighborhood
planning, urban design, green building, and the work of the Seattle Design
and Planning Commissions.

Al Levine is Deputy Executive Director at Seattle Housing Authority and
oversees the agency's Development and Asset Management programs.  Over the
past ten years Al has overseen the redevelopments of NewHolly, Rainier Vista
and High Point and he is actively involved in the planning for Yesler
Bob Powers is the Deputy Director of the Seattle Department of
Transportation.  In this position he directly oversees multiple divisions at
the department, including Major Projects, Policy and Planning and Capital
Projects; and is involved in projects such as the Elliott Bay Seawall
Replacement, implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, and
Transit Master Plan development.

On Deck: What's Happening in 2011 in Neighborhoods, Housing and Land Use

Where: GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps (click
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*	Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark; 

*	Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith; 

*	Seattle Planning Director Marshall Foster; and 

*	Great City Board Chair Brice Maryman (moderator)

Park Smart: A Forum Raising the Bar on Good Parking Policy

Where: Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall
Date: Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
Time: 11:45 am to 1:15 pm

Parking has been a hot topic in the news over the last year. Reading the
headlines and blogs you'd think there were just two points of view: those
who think free parking Downtown is an inalienable right, and those who want
to force everyone out of their cars onto transit or bicycles. We think it's
time to elevate the discussion about parking in Seattle and assess what we
can learn from other cities to better manage the parking we have so that it
supports a healthy, vibrant urban core. We've assembled a terrific panel
that includes policy makers, national experts, transportation officials and
a UW researcher to lead an informed discussion about the best approaches to
managing parking in dense urban areas. 

Featured panelists:

L. Dennis Burns, CAPP, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Dennis Burns is a senior practice builder and regional vice president for
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Burns is a certified administrator of
pubilc parking and has nearly 30 years of parking operations, management and
consulting experience. His focus in recent years includes parking and
transportation strategic planning, 'smart parking' system development and
urban space management concepts. In 2010, Mr. Burns was the recipient of
International Parking Institute's "Parking Professional of the Year," and
was a featured speaker at the first-ever Green Gov Symposium in Washington,

Rick Williams, BPM Development Company
Rick Williams is a transportation demand management expert from Portland, OR
with more than 20 years of experience. From 1989-1994, he managed Portland's
3,500-stall Smart Park system and its 208-block downtown business
improvement district. In 1995, Mr. Williams helped establish the Lloyd
Transportation Management Association, and currently works both as its
executive director and as an independent transportation management
consultant for clients throughout North America.  

Bring a lunch to this FREE forum which was assembled by the DSA
2FForum%2F11%2F0106parking%2Findex.html>  and hosted by Seattle City
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, chair of Seattle's Transportation Committee.
The forum will be moderated by Downtown Seattle Association President Kate

Brownbag: Building the Uptown Triangle

Where: GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A
Date: Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps (click
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Two years ago, as the restructuring of Washington State Route 99 was being
debated, the blocks between Denny, Broad, and Aurora, now designated the
Uptown Triangle, were seen as a connector between Uptown Urban Center and
South Lake Union Urban Center. 

Last May the Queen Anne Community Council and the Uptown Alliance utilized a
generous grant from the American Architectural Foundation to assemble a
group of Seattle urban planners, and combine them with some of the best
national experts on sustainable, urban center neighborhoods.  

After a three-day Charrette they envisioned a neighborhood plan for the
Uptown Triangle as a near-future, great Seattle neighborhood.   

The planners realized a confluence of important changes.  There has been a
recent emergence of powerful institutions flanking the neighborhood: The
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle Cancer Center, University of
Washington Medical Campus, Amazon.Com Headquarters, and many others.  South
Lake Union and Uptown Urban Centers are home to the Northwest's media,
foundation, and biomedical industries.  A great urban park is now on the
south shore of Lake Union.  MOHAI will be in the park. Seattle Center and
its Theater District are being revitalized as the focus of Northwest arts
and culture.  All of this is within easy walking/biking distance of the
Uptown Triangle. The Triangle is near to Downtown and the Denny Triangle.
New BRT services will make the Triangle one of the Northwest's best
transit-served neighborhoods.   And most importantly: new, east/west street
access across Aurora will make this once-neglected neighborhood easy to

Yet few of these institutions and employers have residential components as
part of their redevelopment.  

The Charrette Recommendations characterize the Uptown Triangle a true Global
Village Neighborhood of diverse residential/commercial development with
transit, walking and biking access to tens of thousands of jobs in
future-oriented industries, research fields, and the arts. 

The Charrette participants have recommended street uses, land use, urbn
forms, open space, opportunities for energy sharing, and space for public
necessities: schools, indoor recreation, health facilities, community
center, library, and other features of a sustainable urban center
Leadership for Great Neighborhoods: South Downtown Rezone Panel Discussion

Where: Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall
Date: Monday, January 31st, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


*	Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark 

*	Hyeok Kim, Executive Director InterIm Community Development

*	Greg Smith, Founder and CEO of Urban Visions 

*	Leslie Smith, Alliance for Pioneer Square 

*	Al Kurimura, Uwajimaya

Transportation Advocacy Day in Olympia

WHEN: February 10, 2011, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
WHERE: United Churches, 110 11th Avenue SE, Olympia 

We're heading down to Olympia to advocate for funding and protect transit,
walking and biking projects from budget cuts.  

*	Learn more about transportation issues with special policy

*	Meet with legislators, 

*	Attend hearings, 

*	Be a professional lobbyist for a day! 

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