Weekly links and other updates from Sierra Club Seattle Group
City planners need to cater to the specific needs of all sectors of the population. For the LGBTQ+ community, this does not just mean preserving venues and historic landmarks. Historically, housing has often been intentionally designed for heterosexual families. Changing design assumptions — planning for all kinds of people and families — will make cities and neighborhoods feel more accessible and diverse.
Congratulations to Mitchell S. Jackson and Runner’s World for for winning a Pulitzer Prize this week for this 2020 piece on Maud Arbery and running while Black. Maud’s story is part of a broad and necessary conversation about who feels safe outdoors and why. (Warning: racism, violence)
Peoples, I invite you to ask yourself, just what is a runner’s world? Ask yourself who deserves to run? Who has the right? Ask who’s a runner? What’s their so-called race? Their gender? Their class? Ask yourself where do they live, where do they run? Where can’t they live and run? Ask what are the sanctions for asserting their right to live and run — shit — to exist in the world. Ask why? Ask why? Ask why?
Events and Opportunities
When It Takes You Two Hours and Three Buses To Get To The Grocery Store (Monday, June 14) — How can we create a transportation system that encourages people with the privilege to drive to choose to do it less? Start with those who can’t drive. A presentation by Disability Rights Washington.
Celebrate the new Union Street bike lanes (Sunday, June 13) — To celebrate the new bike lanes, Central Seattle Greenways is inviting everyone for a Sunday ride. Meet 10:30 a.m. at the little park at 15th and Spring.
Support 133 New Homes in Magnolia (Wednesday, June 23) — Building dense housing in areas with low displacement risk is one of the most important things we can do for the climate. Speaking up in favor of projects at design review meetings can help get this building done.
News in Brief
Sierra Club and friends just scored a HUGE victory in Kalama.
Train Twitter (us, that’s us) is all abuzz over the deeply discounted Amtrak USA Rail Pass.
Thanks Secretary Pete, we agree.