Perspectives — Urban

Our work takes us across the state—and in our own backyard. We secure lands in our cities for affordable housing, the arts, access to transit and parks.

A conversation with Bothell Mayor Andy Rheaume

Gene sits down with hometown Bothell kid-turned-mayor Andy Rheaume to find out how he really feels about growth in his city.

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Earth Day 2016: Take a “paws” to be inspired

In this 46th year of Earth Day celebration, there has never been a more adorable, fluffy, and slobbery champion. The Conservation Canines team, based out of the University of Washington, spends a lot of time thinking outside of the box to solve complex issues.

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A BirdNote® Story: Crows can ID human faces

What happens when a UW professor wears a mask to catch and band crows? The crows remember what you look like. Listen to the BirdNote story here.

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Cultivating crops, cultivating community in Tukwila

Namaste Garden in Tukwila is doubling in size just in time for its sixth growing season. Community members and Forterra staff volunteered to help expand the garden.

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A conversation about growing food in a growing region

A family farmer, an agrihood manager and an edible yard landscaper talk food, preserving land and how raising chickens can build community at Forterra’s Seed & Feed speaker event.

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A new chapter for Wayne

Forterra’s purchase of Wayne Golf Course tees up the 89-acre property for permanent protection as parkland—creating a huge new green space in the middle of our crowded metropolis. But we financed its purchase with a loan and we have limited time to pay it back.

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Our editorial about cross-laminated timber in The Puget Sound Business Journal

Developing a cross-laminated timber pipeline in Washington is one step toward advancing our region as a leader in the movement for great cities and sustainability.

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A focus on safety in Tukwila

Over 70 community members—both young and old—representing five language groups, police officers and fire fighters participated in meaningful conversation.

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Making access to healthy food a fact of life

A member of Forterra’s Policy Department, Program Manager Becca Meredith, reflects on the work Forterra has done to ensure this region’s access to healthy food, while bringing people together in the process.

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Breaking ground on I-90’s first wildlife overpass

The wildlife overpass project will provide safe passage to wildlife, widen the freeway to six lanes and redirect avalanches under the highway and is a milestone in both transportation and wildlife policy

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The understory of Pioneer Square’s successful redevelopment

A recount of Seed & Feed in June where we explored the evolution of our urban neighborhoods through the lens of some of Pioneer Square’s chief revivalists.

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