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October 2022 Newsletter 

reminder: Share The Cities Action Fund and Share The Cities Community Education are wrapping up our work and shutting off our donation portals by the end of October 2022. 
Green and orange buildings with rooftop garden. Red Letters say Call to Action.  Request: Talaris applicant seeks a rezone or delays building until after the next comprehensive plan   We need an affordable Talaris with housing and greenspace for all
Affordable Talaris volunteers are asking YOU to visit the Seattle SDCI portal to send a message to the landowner at Talaris - Bruce McCaw - to change his mind.

Enter in permit number 3030811-LU in the city portal to give public comment and read other comments. Deadline tomorrow 10/26 by 4 pm.

Share The Cities' Working Groups

Affordable Talaris volunteers have a call to action out -- deadline is tomorrow Wednesday, October 26th.

Housing Justice, Housing Stability and Ending Apartment Bans

Share The Cities wants YOU to support the work of local groups like Real Change, House Our Neighbors, Be:Seattle, Solidarity Budget, Stay Housed Stay Healthy coalition and many others. There's lots of ways to connect to efforts that center those most impacted by our housing crisis.

If you live in King County, please consider joining the Transit Riders Union to stay connected to important efforts. They have great monthly meetings and endless opportunities for learning, advocacy, and mutual aid. 

Share The Cities leaders will be taking some time to figure out what's next, but we need you to stay committed to fixing Seattle's bad zoning, broken design review and exclusionary historic preservation at a local and national level for climate-friendly and inclusive communities. 
Questions? Send us an email

Thanks to all the folks who attended our field trip this past weekend as part of Salmon Journey.

See more tweets and photos here.

Wallingford For All

Wallingford for All is now an independent group from Share The Cities. They have a google group and plan to have a "what's next?" lunch session on Wednesday, November 2nd.

They are dong wonderful work and there's been a lot of news coverage: 

KUOW's Seattle Now Podcast Wallingford is "historic." What's next?


Real Change Historic status for Wallingford could perpetuate historic wrongs


The Seattle Times Wallingford seeks historic status; some worry it’s a roadblock to density


KUOW  Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood gets 'historic district' status


Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Wallingford historic district advances


Thanks to you we have accomplished so much since 2016! 

  • Relentless mobilization for housing stability efforts across the city and state
  • Broadening participation of community members in wonky land use process
  • Expanding digital equity towards a true digital commons through municipal broadband
  • Raising awareness around public bathroom access, wasteful transit oriented public golf courses, and the dangers of expanding our urban highways
  • Working in coalition to support so many partners who have been reaching out with lots of beautiful words of love

Your support allowed us to do amazing things.

  • We raised ~ $80K in 2021 and 2022 to fund our Executive Director's time to support our volunteer led efforts on housing justice, public broadband and increasing civic engagement.
  • We were unable to raise enough funds to hire additional staff or to provide full benefits to our part-time staff member but please know that every dollar that you gave made a big difference in Seattle, King County, WA State and beyond. 
  • We will have a small surplus in both the 501c3 and c4 bank accounts by the end of 2022 and will take an advisory vote in Slack about where those funds will go. 
  • Laura Loe, Share The Cities founder, just returned from speaking as a panelist at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium. Seattle policy makers and advocates are doing good work that is inspiring people in other communities to work holistically on city building policies. 
Join us in our informal slack group to stay up to date on fellow volunteer's advocacy priorities and learning opportunities.
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