How the new Yesler Terrace project was crafted

Seattle Housing Authority, the agency I head, has planned for the reconstruction and expansion of low-income housing in the neighborhood over the past six years. We have worked with leaders from all sectors of the community, and – together – we have developed a vision for the Yesler Terrace neighborhood that dramatically increases housing options for low- and moderate-income people, and also meets other critical needs for our growing city: 1) More housing close to downtown and jobs, with terrific mass transit options; 2) A vibrant neighborhood, such as other parts of First Hill,  where people from all walks of life can live, work, and play together, across lines of income, race, and cultural heritage; and 3) since it is planned from the ground up, a neighborhood that can embrace goals for open space and environmental excellence.


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