Seattle Growth Podcast 6.10: Case studies in building ‘neighborhood’ communities

Season six of the Seattle Growth Podcast has explored the many ways that Seattleites are building or finding a sense of community in a city that is growing and changing so rapidly.

Episode 6.10 looks at efforts to build community within, well, communities. Neighborhoods of Seattle. Two guests offer perspectives from different neighborhoods about growth, change and the importance of community.

Greg Lewis, a former All-America running back who was a key to the Washington Huskies’ victory at the 1991 Rose Bowl and won the inaugural Doak Walker Award (for the nation’s top running back), shares his efforts to foster a sense of community in Seattle’s Central District today. Lewis even explains how the experience of stepping onto the field at the Rose Bowl compares to the work he is doing with the local YMCA.

And Cecile Andrews, author of Slow is BeautifulCircle of Simplicity and Less is More, discusses “simplicity circles” and the work she is doing to bring together small groups for conversation in an area of northwest Seattle known as “PhinneyWood.”

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The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Marketing at the UW Foster School of Business.

Shulman is also the producer of On the Brink, the acclaimed documentary of history, hope and determination to save Seattle’s vanishing Central District. You can view the film in Seattle at upcoming screenings August 15 at the Neptune Theater, September 8 at the Historic Admiral Theater, and October 19 at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Additional screenings will take place September 21 in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park, October 7 at the historic Strand Theatre in Delaware, Ohio, and October 10 in Columbus, Ohio.

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