A Retrospective Look at Seattle’s 20-Year Fight Against Sprawl

February 13, 2015

CityLab’s Tanvi Misra looks at a new report that measures the success of former Seattle mayor Norm Rice’s strategy to reduce urban sprawl.

Back in 1992, the strategy proposed channeling future growth into so-called “urban villages,” which are walkable, affordable sections of the city with mixed-zoning for residential, commercial, and recreational structures.

The report, prepared by Steinbrueck Urban Strategies, the firm of a former Seattle city council member commissioned to conduct the research, found that despite meeting the strategy’s many goals, the plan wasn’t able to accomplish equitable distribution.

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