Seattle’s population is expected to grow by at least 120,000 more people in the next 20 years. It’s important for the City to take steps now to make room for all our new residents.

If we don’t make changes, all Seattle residents could potentially face a poorer quality of life—including lower air and water quality (leading to increased health problems), more time spent in traffic congestion, and greater inequality among lower income communities. However, if the community can come together and work with the City of Seattle issue, we have a tremendous opportunity to create a vibrant, prosperous and equitable future for everyone.

When we have 120,000 more people in the city, we will not be able to drive as much because the congestion will be too great. Think about how bad traffic gets now. It will only get worse unless we can provide other options for people to get around. One way to do that is create ways to make Seattle neighborhoods more convenient for most of the daily needs of the residents. We have heard from the community that if there were more shops, schools and other needs that were closer to their homes, they would be more willing to try to bike, walk or take transit to get to those places.

The City of Seattle has created some pictures to show how certain sections of neighborhoods might look with some of the land use and transportation changes we are considering. These pictures show what a typical neighborhood might look like today and what that same neighborhood could look like in the year 2035. The pictures do not reflect a particular neighborhood but were designed to be representative of all Seattle neighborhoods.

The City is interested in hearing from the community what they think about the neighborhoods in the pictures. The specific questions the City is interested in hearing from the community are:

What do you like about these changes? What is missing from these changes?

To see the pictures, please visit www.seattle2035.com and submit your comments!