Seattle Growth Podcast 6.3: Finding community in public spaces

Community can be found even in the most unexpected of places. Like on a bus or in a park.

Season six of the Seattle Growth Podcast continues to explore how Seattleites are building or finding a sense of community in a city that is growing and changing so rapidly.

Episode 6.3 introduces two very different kinds of connectors.

Nathan Vass with Jeff Shulman.

Nathan Vass is an artist, filmmaker, photographer and author by day—and a Metro bus driver by night. His community-building work has been covered by NPR, the Seattle Times, KING5 and landed him on Seattle Magazine’s 2018 list of the “35 Most Influential People in Seattle.” Vass shares stories from his popular blog, The View from Nathan’s Bus, and how it led to his successful book The Lines That Make Us.

Maisha Barnett with Jeff Shulman.

And Maisha Barnett, a developer with over a decade of experience shaping community gathering spaces, talks about her work developing the Jimi Hendrix Park  and redeveloping Powell Barnett Park, named after the musician, baseball player and community leader who was her grandfather.

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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. Following last week’s world premiere, you can view the film at upcoming screenings June 25 at the Northwest African American Museum and October 19 at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).