Cities

The key to an enduring region is vibrant, equitable and affordable communities. We use our expertise in land – negotiation, acquisition, land banking – to help communities gracefully accommodate new growth and create a high quality of life for their diverse residents. Through our work with cities, land owners and community partners, we envision new uses for land in community hubs and partner with financial institutions and developers to build healthy, green mixed-use projects, especially by transit and town centers.

Urban street scene on Seattle's Capitol Hill
Photo by Carrie Hawthorne
  • An engaged community

    To gracefully integrate the coming population growth, mid-sized cities need to develop walkable, healthy mixed-use neighborhoods with easy access to public transit and green spaces. That means bringing people together to discuss issues and find solutions by facilitating effective, inclusive discussion. In bringing this to Tukwila, we worked with local partners to develop the Community Connectors Program, and with the City of Aberdeen we engaged with a broad range of community members to create a vision for their downtown corridor.

  • Land transactions

    Working with a wide range of partners we advance undervalued real estate and land use projects with great social value that support our cities effectively and serve a great range of residents. By tapping into the power of opportunities like the Landscape Conservation and Local Infrastructure Program (LCLIP) we leverage policy tools to achieve further impact.

  • Economic development

    We create market value for socially important projects by participating in the development policies and funding vehicles that incentivize this change.

  • Increased access to healthy places and choices

    Healthy communities have parks and green spaces at all levels as well as infrastructure and policies to support healthy lives. Our restoration and stewardship efforts and our Green Cities Program effectively support these urban natural areas, while a variety of projects we do with partners further enhance the resiliency of our communities. These include creating a community gathering space in Neah Bay and establishing Federal Way’s first neighborhood greenway.

Forterra is one of those organizations that is not afraid to put a big issue on the table and tackle it head on.
Nate Miles, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Board of Directors

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